Check Your Amazon Account…

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… you may have just gotten a credit: Here’s the story: In December 2013, a federal court approved legal settlements by publishers Hachette, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Macmillan, and Penguin in antitrust lawsuits filed by State Attorneys General and Class Plaintiffs about the price of eBooks. Those settlements resulted in credits for qualifying Kindle books [Read More...]

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“Before Everything Became Automatic”

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I’m working on my next magazine issue, but I wanted to share Miranda Lambert’s new song, which speaks to some of my preoccupations here at God and the Machine. One of the constants in country music–both classic and Top 40–is nostalgia: a yearning for a lost past. It’s a profoundly conservative, deeply Christian sensibility. It’s [Read More...]

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Jesus–The Revenge!: A Medieval Drama

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The British Museum recently acquired a beautiful illuminated manuscript of a fairly obscure mystery play called Mystère de la Vengeance de Nostre Seigneur Ihesu Crist. In English: Mystery of the Vengeance of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Oh yeah, now we’re talking. I can see the movie poster already. “He’s back, and this time … it’s personal.” [Read More...]

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Just When You Thought The Pro-Aborts Couldn’t Get Any More Depraved…

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…they hit bedrock, break out the jackhammer, and just keep digging. This is real: a hanger pendant offered by the DC Abortion Fund: In case you think I’m faking this, here’s a page capture for posterity.  Comboxes closed for Lent. You can reach me via Twitter. [Read more...]

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All This Machinery Making Modern Music

As an old progressive rock fan, I don’t have any problems with machines making music. If you want to get technical about it, most instruments are machines, so adding new technology doesn’t change things too much. How does a robot band change the equation? Look and listen for yourself. This is Z-Machines: And here’s Compressorhead [Read More...]

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I’m Bored With St. Patrick

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We need a new Irish saint who represents my people in all our mighty glory. I give you … St. Jack! [Read more...]

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7 Quick Takes: Random Quotes Edition

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You all keep a quote journal, right? If not, you should. I moved mine over to Evernote, which makes it easier to sort and search. Here are a few you might like: –1– “Let us, in heaven’s name, drag out the divine drama from under the dreadful accumulation of slipshod thinking and trashy sentiment heaped [Read More...]

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Crowd-sourcing the Search For Flight 370

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There are few news stories that capture and hold my interest, but I’ve been following the mysterious disappearance of Malaysia Air MH370 very closely. At first it was the simple yet crushing tragedy of 239 souls being lost, most likely to human cruelty. But it’s the echoes of Twilight Zone and Stephen King stories–the sheer strangeness of it all–that [Read More...]

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