With email like this, who needs reviews?

An email from my dear friend Bryan Rust (CAUTION: "Mild" spoilers.) : … [Read more...]

At 2:00 p.m. (PDT) today… “Raven’s Ladder” Revealed

Come back later today at 2:00 p.m. (PDT) for the unveiling of the latest cover art in The Auralia Thread... … [Read more...]

Congratulations to Tyler Petty, Winner of the “Up” Review Contest!

It was a tough decision. … [Read more...]

Launching Another Blog…

It's been a busy week. Not only am I spending about five hours every evening on the revisions to Raven's Ladder, the third volume in The Auralia Thread, but I helped launch a new blog this week.Yep, a new blog. … [Read more...]

An Elevating Contest: Looking Closer Readers Review “Up”

Okay, I'm going to pick the poster-winner  on Wednesday. But these are the three considerations of Up that came in. I present them warts and all! … [Read more...]

Browser: Another New Sam Phillips Song. A Surprising Top Ten List. Favorite Albums of 2009 So Far. Calvin & Hobbes.

The Browser: News & links to raise your eyebrows & furrow your brow. New headlines may be added as the day goes on. Stay tuned.Hi ho, Jeffrey the Blogger here. … [Read more...]

The 100th Birthday of Wallace Stegner

In Books and Culture, Richard W. Etulain notes the centennial of one of my favorite writers: Wallace Stegner. … [Read more...]

Design Your Dream Concert

The U2 rehearsal lists that are going around have given me an idea.I want to hear from you. Post your dream concert in the Comments below.Pick an artist. U2, Springsteen, Over the Rhine, Emmylou Harris, David Bazan, Iron & Wine... anybody. Pick 20 songs from their catalog that you'd like to hear them play. List them in the order they should perform them. Set off 3 of those 20 songs as encores. If you want, make one of those songs a cover of someone else's song... just to … [Read more...]

Browser: My Coworkers! The Iran Election. U2 Set Lists. C.S. Lewis on Iran. Book Covers. Twitter. Wise Blood.

Hi ho, Jeffrey the Blogger here. … [Read more...]

Yikes! Five years, and I Missed the Anniversary!

Last month, I had no idea that I was celebrating the five-year anniversary of this blog.But it's true. The Looking Closer Journal made its debut on May 11, 2004. The first post was a welcome. The second noted that Tilda Swinton just might be cast as the White Witch in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.We've come a long way, baby.Thanks so much for making the journey with me. We've discussed so many great films, albums, and stories, and I've enjoyed your company as dreams like … [Read more...]