Here I Don’t Stand

This I do not believe, God help me, I just cannot. The wonderful world of the Internet oddly has led to a kind of “hardening” of possibilities for some folk. Too often there is a package response to everything: if I vote for Mitt Romney, I must not believe in global warming. If I believe [Read More...]

Birdemic: I feel Shock and Terror

Last night I rested from sanity and watched Birdemic: Shock and Terror. That the film is a marvel akin to Plan 9 or Manos tells certain folk all they need to know. If you love bad movies, you have already seen Birdemic, a plausible candidate for Worst Movie Ever. One personal rule for this title [Read More...]

Halo is better than most work?

When I am sad, I often read Sherlock Holmes: lots of Sherlock Holmes. Victoria and Albert is excellent television comfort food and Mary Poppins works well as far as movie goes. Every so often a retreat from the slings and arrows of outrageous America is welcome. I need to remind myself that such a retreat [Read More...]

Lincoln: Vampire Slayer

If Lincoln killed vampires, he would be no greater than Lincoln was. Lincoln died making men free, killed by a friend of slavers. His murder on Good Friday echoed a greater death that made men holy. I understand the fun of seeing the Rail Splitter blast the undead, but I hope the real Lincoln is [Read More...]

On School Supplies

In my childhood school supplies required no batteries, but did leave a boy armed and dangerous. Every year, I bought a new compass, not the directional kind, but a metal probe designed for drawing circles used by students to spear unwitting victims. I never used this compass for its intended use any more than the [Read More...]

Thinking Christianly on Illegal Aliens

From my London window, I see the problem of a border out of control and two parties unwilling to address it. From my home in California, I know decent men hounded by the government for a crime, illegal entry, committed years ago. The issue of illegal aliens in the United States is difficult for a [Read More...]

Where are you Juliet?

Verona is Juliet’s home in my mind. Romeo is there too, but Juliet! It is incidental to me that she did not exist and Shakespeare made it all up borrowing from several other sources. (Students: it is plagiarism unless you make it so much better people are honored you took their stuff.) So my problem [Read More...]

A Problem Like Maria

My greatest crimes against high culture are plain to all: Diet Coke, Disneyland, Packer football, and Styx. Hidden deeply away is a confession so terrible that I can only now admit it: I love musical theater and I adore the “Sound of Music.” I know I should think of Salzburg, on the rare chances I [Read More...]

True Love and Mozart

The Abduction from the Seraglio is Mozart’s message to America in the person of Constanze. I know nothing of this opera save that Constanze, a powerful woman, stands in the middle of it. Abducted by Turks of the sort that only exist in the Viennese opera, she stays true to her beloved, a man she [Read More...]

On the Magic Flute

Magic Flute is mad beauty, but so beautiful that beauty is almost enough. The story is a mash up of Free Masonry, Enlightenment religion, and every bad holdover of Medieval Catholicism with no virtues. If it makes sense, it is simply by pure eroticism leading to love. There is a magic flute, but the hero [Read More...]