Looking Elsewhere: 14 Discoveries & Distractions for the First Week of November

Looking Elsewhere 11 3 2014

On Halloween, Anne and I went out to celebrate Halloween dressed as Seattle Pacific University MFA in Creative Writing students who are running out of time to complete their homework assignments by the deadline. We were very, very convincing — we tricked everybody.The treats? They were provided by the pub where we put on an Oscar-worthy performance of actually studying and writing essays. All of the zombies and witches and clowns and Star Wars characters and superheroes in the pub just kept s … [Read more...]

Happy Birthday, Bob Dylan!

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If I want to read about a giant on the musical landscape, a towering presence like Bob Dylan, then I turn to a music enthusiast with the knowledge, the experience, and the eloquence to do the subject justice.Andy Whitman is the kind of writer for whom a Facebook post is often an event worth publishing.So, with his permission, that's what I'm doing today — sharing a Facebook post.Ladies and gentlemen, in honor of Friday's birthday boy, here's Andy Whitman's Facebook post about the man … [Read more...]

Happy 70th Birthday, Bob Dylan!

In honor of the king of American music, here is my review of I'm Not There, the great film by Todd Haynes about the life of Bob Dylan. … [Read more...]

Bob Dylan Goes Caroling

At this point in his career, what's left for Bob Dylan? … [Read more...]

Browser: Sam Phillips, David Bazan, Robert Shiller, economic bubbles, Bono on Easter, and Jim Jarmusch

I'm so busy editing the next strand of The Auralia Thread, Raven's Ladder, and composing new articles for Image and Christianity Today that I'm flat out of time to blog anything substantial. So here's a rundown of links that caught my attention over the last few days...There's a new Sam Phillips song on the way May 1st. David Bazan rocks Seattle Pacific University. Robert Shiller discussed Starbucks VIA, Miracle Whip, and economic bubbles, at Seattle Pacific University's Downtown … [Read more...]

Browser: Zbignew Priesner. Jeff Buckley. Bruce Cockburn’s “Slice O Life.” Bob Dylan. U2. Tauntaun. Tom Hanks.

1. Start your day with a quick dose of Zbignew Priesner, my favorite film music composer. Here's a track from A Short Film About Killing, from Kieslowski's Decalogue.2. Another random musical surprise: M. Ward links to a recorded telephone conversation with Jeff Buckley, who sings Bob Dylan's "I Shall Be Released" over the phone at about the 4-minute mark.3. The Matthews House Project has a long, in-depth look at the amazing Bruce Cockburn and his new double-live solo CD Slice O … [Read more...]

Browser, 10/17

Here's Andy Whitman on my favorite album of 2008 so far.Also... … [Read more...]

The Pulitzer Prize-Winnin’ Bob Dylan!

Yes.Ring them bells.Post your favorite Bob Dylan lyric here. … [Read more...]

What Was It You Wanted?

¬†Jean Bethke Elshtain, in Books and Culture, contemplates Todd Haynes' film about Bob Dylan -- I'm Not There -- and Andrew Dominick's film about a different, but similarly enigmatic, hero -- The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. And she contemplates the resilient ghosts of both Dylan and James, digging deep into the questions we confront as we pursue both elusive figures. … [Read more...]

Jack White Gets Dylan to Play Songs He’s Rarely (or Never) Played

Rolling Stone asks: What strange power does Jack White have over Bob Dylan?I don't know, but wouldn't it be interesting if White ended up producing a Dylan album? Sure didn't hurt Loretta Lynn... … [Read more...]


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