Hippies, monks, and Lent

Hippies, monks, and Lent

Here we are in the middle of Lent and I'm stuck on hippies.I've always been fascinated by the 1960s. These were wild and momentous years, populated by colorful and absurd characters whose impact far outstripped their usefulness. But drop the whole psychedelic mess into the period of the Great Fast and a compelling comparison of cultures emerges, one that might change how we see ourselves. … [Read more...]

Learning from tragedy: Blow

'Blow' movie poster

Some people find it odd that I'm a fan of the movie Blow, a flick about the ins and outs of the cocaine trade. Those same folks may find it strange that I'm likewise a fan of the book by the same title and enjoyed plowing through its pages.It was easy plowing. Author Bruce Porter is a masterful storyteller. The tome on which the Johnny Depp movie is based is decidedly more complicated than the film, as its principal figure, narcotrafficker George Jung, is a decidedly complicated individual … [Read more...]


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