Fingertips: Longhand Writing; Time-Based Pixel Painting; Beer; Richard Linklater; Leonard Cohen; Joe Henry; Kate Bush; G.K. Chesterton; and St. Vincent

Writing on a computer is like sprinting through a park; you can cover a lot of ground very quickly. But will you have much to say about the ground you covered, or the sights and sounds you passed along the way? I want to write about subjects that deserve close observation... the kind of "seeing" that can only happen when you're patiently strolling along the path. So I write my fiction longhand. It slows me down. I see more (and better) storytelling opportunities. When I rough-draft fiction on … [Read more...]

Happy Fourth of July, from G.K. Chesterton

G.K. Chesterton wishes you a Happy Fourth of July with this message... … [Read more...]

Take Your Daily Chesterton Vitamin

I always recommend taking G.K. Chesterton vitamins daily. Here's a free sample: … [Read more...]

Wild Things; Robert Clark; Ethix; Elvis Costello; Tom Waits; Darcy James Argue; Vince Vaughn; Moses; Chesterton; and more.

The Browser: News & links to raise your eyebrows & furrow your brow. New headlines may be added as the day goes on. Stay tuned. 1. One of the most surreal moments in my adventures online: … [Read more...]

Happy Birthday, G.K. Chesterton!

When asked to list my ten Desert Island Books, I always include G.K. Chesterton's Orthodoxy. So I would be embarrassed if I did not mark today's importance. From today's Writer's Almanac: It's the birthday of the novelist and essayist G.K. (Gilbert Keith) Chesterton, (books by this author) born in London, England (1874). He's remembered today for his detective novels about the bumbling, crime-solving priest Father Brown, but during his lifetime he was primarily known as an essayist. He wrote … [Read more...]

Specials: Bourne, Batman, Potter, Wenders, Derrickson, Bjork, Sunshine, and more.

A few quick notes and links from my flurry of catching up: I can't believe it. After all of the buzz, the hype, the excitement, I've seen The Bourne Ultimatum, and I'm really, really disappointed. It's the least of the three... basically 112 minutes of action, with a plot thread that introduces absolutely ZERO new ideas to the series. Don't get me wrong... the action is slick and exhilarating. And it's still the best sequel of the summer. But the storytellers have utterly failed to take … [Read more...]

Many Thanks to the Chesterton Society

I had a marvelous time discussing the power of cinema with those who attended the Chesterton Society's Seattle gathering last night in the Falcon Lounge at Seattle Pacific. Thanks to Kirk Kanzelberger for the invitation and the warm welcome, to Mark Shea for the generous introduction, and to the directors (Peter D. Beaulieu, Ph.D.; James R. Felak, Ph.D.; Tomás A. Gahan, J.D.; Brian R. Glenney; Timothy J. Simunds, Treasurer; and Andrew A. Tadie, Ph.D.) for making these gatherings possible. … [Read more...]

Chesterton on Thursday, Harvest Logos Books on Saturday

This week, I have two more Seattle appearances to talk about Through a Screen Darkly. I'll be at the Seattle gathering of the Chesterton Society on Thursday to give a presentation and sign books. You'll find a description of my presentation, and the location of the Society, on their website. Then, on Saturday, I'll be speaking and signing books at Harvest Logos Bookstore at 5 p.m. I hope to see some of you there. … [Read more...]

Specials: Defending Munich. Chesterton’s blog. Chattaway on Cassanova and Munich. London Critics.

Friday specials: DEFENDING MUNICH Here's a forceful, well-composed defense of Steven Spielberg's Munich, which I think is his most restrained, mature, and challenging film since... oh... 1987's Empire of the Sun. (It's at Salon, so if you don't subscribe, just click and watch the brief advertisement so you can get access to the whole article.) This one's going in my Top Ten of 2005. G.K. CHESTERTON ... THE BLOG If Chesterton was blogging today, he'd be my first Web stop of the day. … [Read more...]

Friday with Chesterton

It's Friday. I don't feel like talking about Catwoman. In fact, I plan to spend the weekend lounging around and having cold beers and rich desserts with friends... obeying God's harsh order to rest on the Sabbath. So, rather than griping about the news or the movies, let's hear from someone gifted in raising spirits: … [Read more...]


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