Rod Dreher on Missing Walker Percy

Walker Percy:In my last novel, The Thanatos Syndrome, I tried to show how, while truth should prevail, it is a disaster when only one kind of truth prevails at the expense of another. If only one kind of truth prevails, the abstract and technical truth of science, then nothing stands in the way of a demeaning of and a destruction of human life for what would appear to be reasonable short-term goals.It's no accident that I think that German science, as great as it was, ended in the … [Read more...]

An Artist in Crisis

I had no idea that the filmmaker Jafar Panahi had been arrested and imprisoned.But this report says that things are worse than that.Taherah Saeedi, the wife of film director Jafar Panahi,who was arrested on 2 March 2010, has published a report about her husband’s condition in solitary confinement that has rendered him immobile and under emotional stress. She stated that in the past, her husband has twice experienced severe spasms in his chest for which he was taken to the emergency r … [Read more...]

Today’s Facebook Question: Opening Notes

It never fails.When I have my iTunes set to shuffle — hopping, skipping, and jumping through the 13,000 tracks I've assembled there —  and the opening notes of a Radiohead song come on, I am immediately in a good mood. … [Read more...]

Didn’t Think I Could Stand Another Version of “Stand By Me.” I Was Wrong.

The Muppets were made for the viral video age. Here's more proof... … [Read more...]

“A Long Obedience in the Same Direction.”

It's a Nietzsche quote. The essential thing 'in heaven and earth' is . . . that there should be long obedience in the same direction; there thereby results, and has always resulted in the long run, something which has made life worth living. It's the title of a Eugene Peterson book on "the Psalms of Ascents".And if Bono gets his way... … [Read more...]

“Empire State of Mind” – The Star Wars Way

By now, you'd think that there wouldn't be any laughs left to wring from Star Wars on the internet. I've seen so many unimaginative spoofs and parodies that I usually ignore links to Star Wars-related humor.When it comes to pure genius, I don't think anybody's topped the James Earl Jones re-dubbing marathon called "The Vader Sessions", which appeared a few years ago and is still funny today.Well, today, there's a new one worth seeing... … [Read more...]

Why Can’t Mrs. Frisby Catch a Break?

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Poor Mrs. Frisby. Looks like Bedrock Studios is the latest studio to disrespect her name. … [Read more...]

Introducing Beauty and the Feast

What's this? As busy as I am, I'm now blogging on yet another site? … [Read more...]

Auralia’s Artist: A Conversation with Kristopher K. Orr

Recently, I wrote a whole article about my gratitude for the work of Kristopher Orr, the visionary who crafted the cover art for The Auralia Thread.That gave me an idea: Why not do an interview with Kristopher about his work?So here it is, a conversation with the man who made Auralia stand out beautifully on bookshelves everywhere...Where did you first develop an interest in illustration? … [Read more...]

The Best Picture of 2010 So Far?

I once said that I would have liked American Beauty if it had been all about the plastic bag. Well, here it is, directed by Rahmin Barani: 18 minutes of "too good to be true" ... … [Read more...]


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