Browser, 7/2: Billy Collins on Bugs; Lamb on Dobson, Obama, and Democracy; Tom Waits reviewed; How to Write a Movie; Mozart or Salieri?; Christianity in China

The Wall Street Journal and a Wascally Wabbit

Billy Collins pays tribute to his heroes… Looney Toons characters.


Distortions and villifications

In view of Dobson’s words about Obama, Stephen Lamb asks, “What hope is there for democracy?” And he offers some notable quotes.


Tom Waits’ song for the decapitated?

The funniest thing about this Tom Waits concert review is that the reviewer refers to the classic song “Hang Down Your Head” as… wait for it… “Hand Down Your Head.”


The Middle-Earth Muddle

An update on the Lawsuits of the Rings.


How to Write a Movie

Some tips from the writer of Millions, 24-Hour Party People, Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story


Mozart or Salieri?

Listen to clips, and make your guess. Which composer is responsible for each?

Thanks to Martin Stillion for the link.


Christianity on the move in China

GetReligion has a post on the progress of Christianity in China.


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Jeffrey Overstreet has two passions: writing fiction, and celebrating art — music, cinema, photography, literature — through writing and teaching. He is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” — Through a Screen Darkly. And his four-novel fantasy series, The Auralia Thread, which begins with Auralia's Colors, was published by Random House. He speaks at universities and conferences around the world about understanding art through eyes of faith. He is earning his MFA in Creative Writing at Seattle Pacific University, where he has worked for 11 years as an editor, writer, and communications project manager. His work has been recognized in The New Yorker, TIME, The Seattle Times, IMAGE, Ravi Zacharias International — and Christianity Today, where he served as a film journalist for more than a decade. He recently began a weekly column called "Listening Closer" for Christ and Pop Culture.

  • grazor

    Here is a good article in the Washington Post about the Obama/Dobson “thing” – While I have other issues with Obama’s stance on things, Dobson was out of line and out of context.

  • grdthepoint

    I think the bloggers about Dobson and Obama are missing a few points as well. Obama could have talked about living in a pluralistic society without dragging in those old red herrings along the lines of “Well, the Old Testament says not to eat shellfish!” that come up every time the biblical position on homosexuality is discussed. (And I’m not terribly comfortable with the man who wants to be Commander in Chief taking what amounts to a theological potshot at the military.)

    Dobson may have made some mistakes here, but he’s not running for president, which is why Obama’s mistakes and distortions disturb me more.

    Didn’t mean to go off on a rant — I just wanted to get that off my chest.

  • jasdye

    Lamb makes a couple of good reference points there. i need to re-read Dark’s Gospel According to America. we could all learn to discourse so civilly and thoughtfully.

    at least I could.