Good Medicine by Way of Paris and Taiwan: Thank You, Hou Hsiao-Hsien!

I may have the flu, I may have a voice like a gravel-crusher and a fever of 101, but I'm still here, propped up in bed editing Cyndere's Midnight.It may have had something to do with my diet of aspirin, soup, hot tea, cough medicine, whisky, and Airborne, but I was hypnotized and delighted by Flight of the Red Balloon, the new film by Hou Hsiao-Hsien, which I watched while slumped on the couch yesterday afternoon. It's one of the most visually inventive films I've ever seen, reminding me of … [Read more...]

Buzz About This Album Began in 1994. On May 6, It’s Here.

Music reviewer extraordinaire Andy Whitman has already heard it, and he's posted some comments at ArtsandFaith.com. … [Read more...]

I Flew, I Got the Flu. Plus: Myers Crashes *Another* “Expelled” Event.

On my way home from New Orleans, I felt a sore throat and a fever come on quite suddenly. The six hours of flying were most unpleasant I've ever endured. I don't recommend flying with the flu.So I'm home, and I'll probably be asleep for the next 24 hours. … [Read more...]

A Notable Follow-up to the Dawkins/Expelled Post

After the "letter to the editor" post regarding Richard Dawkns, P.Z. Myers, and Expelled -- the post that suddenly doubled my previous "best-day" record here at Looking Closer (10,000 visitors in less than 14 hours) -- I'm still recovering from the mountain of angry mail that came in.Most of it consisted of people taking cheap shots at Stuart Blessman for his post. (He later went on to blog about it here.)Very few actually dealt with the movie itself. Most of it argued that Blessman was … [Read more...]

Update from New Orleans

It's a warm, sunny, breezy day here in New Orleans.¬†And I'm enjoying it immensely. I had a tasty, huge meal of crawfish (four different ways), crab (stuffed), and barbecue shrimp pasta last night at Deanie's Seafood.Last night's stroll down Bourbon Street was¬†wild and crazy.¬†I first heard the term "Storyville" when, as a much younger fellow, I first heard Robbie Robertson's album of that title. I'll have to revisit that record now. While that nickname apparently has a colorful history, and … [Read more...]

I’m in New Orleans, Mes Amis!

I'm in New Orleans for the first time, with a view of downtown and the river from the 18th floor of a fine establishment.There's an editors' conference here I'm attending with some of my colleagues, and let me tell you, it's a joy to see this place. My cab driver was full of passion for this city, and full of hope for its restoration. (He also didn't waste time explaining that the funds for restoring New Orleans were severely delayed because the Bush administration is punishing New Orleans … [Read more...]

Michael Leary on Terrence Malick’s “Badland” and “Days of Heaven”

film-think's Michael Leary has just posted thoughts on Terrence Malick's work in Badlands and Days of Heaven … [Read more...]

Have a Joyous Easter!

I imagine driving from Seattle to Portland, Oregon, to my grandparents' house. … [Read more...]

“We Call This Friday Good”

Thank you, Andy Whitman. And T.S. Eliot.Best words I've read all day. … [Read more...]

Big News for Auralia Coming Soon

Auralia's Colors is going into its second printing, and I received big news yesterday about an unexpected development for this book and the next. I'll have details as soon as they're official...In the meantime, if you liked the previous cover design better, grab it before it's gone from the stores.I've just received a new stash here, and so autographed copies are available once again. … [Read more...]


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