Mercy Seat, “I’ve Got a Feeling”–Gospel-Punk with Gordon Gano

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“Common Hells, Private Heavens”: I’m in Commonweal

reviewing a show at the National Museum of African Art: I’m sitting in hell with a couple of little boys, who are trying to prove they’re not scared. We’re watching a cloth-wrapped figure prostrate itself and bang its fists against the floor, as sobs and wordless singing give way to a howled “I, I, I surrender!” Behind us stretches a huge black coiling thing that looks like a well-fed python. “It’s just a video,” one kid says in a subdued voice.We’re in the depths of the National Museum of A … [Read more...]

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From Edward P. Jones, “Common Law”

"You know, I don't know what's become of you," Idabelle said."I could say the same bout you." He took a beer from the icebox, needing something to do with his hands because he knew his were the greater sins. --in All Aunt Hagar's Children … [Read more...]

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From Edward P. Jones, “Root Worker”

Long before they reached 1st St., N.E., Glynnis found that so much had changed, disappeared, but everything that was important to white people remained. (from the collection All Aunt Hagar's Children) … [Read more...]

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More on “The Taking of Deborah Logan”

Briefly: The Deadly Doll's House looks at The Taking of Deborah Logan. It's a spoilerous review, but the Doll has a much more precise diagnosis of the movie's flaws than I managed: "[T]he shame is that, while The Taking of Deborah Logan is a good film, the horror story it tells can simply not come close to the terror it creates simply by documenting [Alzheimer's]. ...The shame of The Taking of Deborah Logan is that, as you might suspect, the ultimate plot is just nowhere as interesting as its … [Read more...]

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“You Must Change Your Life”: Smiths-Influenced Rock… By Orthodox Priests

YOU'RE WELCOME. ...With Luxury's members now scattered across the U.S., Trophies was recorded in Atlanta after a successful crowd-funding campaign in 2014 — which, after so much time away, says a lot about Luxury's cult following. It comes 10 years after its fourth album, Health & Sport, which is no big deal; many bands take extended breaks. Luxury's no different, except that three of its members — brothers Lee and Jamey Bozeman (guitars, vocals) and Chris Foley (bass) —became Orthodox pries … [Read more...]

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On Hot, Dry Ground: Octavia Butler’s “Parable of the Sower”

I've read Butler's phenomenal sci-fi short story collection Bloodchild, but this is the first time I've dived into one of her novels. It's about a California slowly being devastated by climate change, where society is breaking down daily, just slowly enough that people can stay in denial. A teenage girl in a relatively-privileged multiracial gated community is the only one who will admit that the future will be murder; she plans for emergencies and begins to craft a new religion whose … [Read more...]

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