On sentimentality.

I'm making some observations about sentimentality in a couple of upcoming reviews, and to enhance those articles I've been reading and re-reading some other essays on the subject. I revisited one of my favorites tonight, a piece by Gregory Wolfe, publisher of Image, on the popular paintings of Thomas Kinkade. And again I was impressed. Here are a couple of excerpts: … [Read more...]

Remake and Hum

The prolific French director Patrice Leconte made a wonderful movie called Man on the Train several years ago about a professor and a bank robber who trade lives for a day. A Canadian remake is now underway starring Donald Sutherland and... wait... really? … [Read more...]

The Arts and Faith Top 100 Films – the live event

You've seen THE LIST. You've read THE INTRODUCTION. Now join us for THE EVENT! Here are details from the IMAGE announcement: … [Read more...]

If Only…

“I cannot preserve my health and spirits, unless I spend four hours a day at least — and it is commonly more than that — sauntering through the woods and over the hills and fields, absolutely free from all worldly engagements.” - Henry David Thoreau ... to which I respond, "SHUT. UP." … [Read more...]

News from Joe Henry

I had the privilege of chatting with one of my musical heroes this morning - singer/songwriter/producer-extraordinaire Joe Henry. I mentioned that I'd been particularly inspired during a day of heavy writing yesterday after spending time with one of my favorite volumes of poetry, Rilke's Book of Hours. One of the poems there seemed inspired by Joe's own work, specifically the song "Light No Lamp When the Sun Come Down" (although I know that this is chronologically impossible). Lo and … [Read more...]

30 Years Ago, in a Galaxy Far, Far Away…

30 years ago this month, were you looking at the calendar, gnawing at your fingernails, and counting down the last 30 days until the end of your painful, three-year-long wait? I was. What am I talking about? … [Read more...]

The Red Elephant: Part Two

My two-part act of troublemaking at ConversantLife.com is now complete. Read Part One of The Red Elephant here... ...and Part Two here. … [Read more...]

A Musical Dream Team

The secret's out! The news is official! … [Read more...]

Songwriter in a Dangerous Time

Bruce Cockburn, one of my favorite songwriters and guitarists, is writing his memoir! … [Read more...]

World Cup 2010

I've never been a soccer fan. But this preview just might make me one... … [Read more...]


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