July 24, 2012 7:50pm

For me, the fantastic was perfectly natural; I had no doubts at all. That’s the way things were. When I gave those kinds of books to my friends, they’d say, “But no, we prefer to read cowboy stories.” Cowboys were especially popular at the time. I didn’t understand that. I preferred the world of the supernatural, of the fantastic. Julio Cortázar, interviewed in the Paris Review. … [Read more...]

July 24, 2012 8:19am

The Art of Farewell; a powerful and beautiful short film about memory, love, life, and death. … [Read more...]

Respect for the Sanctity of Life Requires a Holistic, Catholic Approach

I am sometimes accused of holding positions that are so highly idiosyncratic, no one else could possibly share my view. This is, of course, a backhanded way of saying that I am simply ridiculous, without engaging my position. It is also untrue and dishonest disengagement posing as dialogue. Sadly, this often comes from those who have the most direct access to the only descriptive label I am willing to attach to my worldview: Catholic. Among Catholics, especially during election cycles, the q … [Read more...]

Guest Lecture Tomorrow

Tomorrow I will deliver my second guest lecture at the Catholic Church of St. Paul in Ham Lake, Minnesota, at 7 pm. This lecture—“Liturgy as Mystagogy: Why We Must Dance to a Catholic Beat—anticipates my forthcoming book (Liturgy as Mystagogy) and builds on my previous lecture on Augustine’s Confessions. Here is a draft of the outline for the talk.I. Introduction My previous lecture’s principle argument—that the heart is fundamentally superior to the head, that Lov … [Read more...]

July 23, 2012 12:11am

I opted against doing the live recording, mostly because I won’t have time to edit it into tracks, so here’s a video recording instead. Several of the new songs are performed here, especially towards the end of the performance. … [Read more...]

July 21, 2012 11:43pm

For the love of gold is different than the love of money, which is loved for the use we make of it. Gold deserves to be loved for itself, as pearls and precious stones are loved for their beauty. Etienne Gilson, The Arts of the Beautiful … [Read more...]

July 21, 2012 9:32pm

New frames and the book I’m reading. (Taken with Instagram) … [Read more...]

Lyrics

Anticipating my show at the Red Stag tonight, here are the lyrics of two of the new songs we’ll be playing. The first (“Aliens”) is an edited version of a poem that appears in Things and Stuff, the second (“Late to Love”) is the title track to my next album. The rest of the set list will be taken from Freedom for Love (that can be heard for free at Soundcloud) and a few standards and covers.Aliens Aliens come and go in time and space they wander Aliens say &# … [Read more...]

Live at The Red Stag

                                Tomorrow I’ll be playing at the Red Stag Supperclub in Minneapolis, from 10:30 to 12:30, with my brother-in-law and drummer, Shawn Kolles. I plan on recording the whole show and releasing it on Noisetrade as a free live album. We’ll be debuting some of the new original songs that will appear on my forthcoming album (Late to Love) along with songs from Freedom for Love, plus a few standards and covers. If you’re in the area, I hope to see you there … [Read more...]

July 19, 2012 at 3:33pm

If there is in this world a single man knowing all that is useful to know in order fully to understand the historical, philosophical and theological meaning of the Divine Comedy, that man is highly privileged indeed, but it is not impossible to imagine a man possessed of that thorough knowledge of the meaning of the poem and yet incapable of experiencing it as the thing of beauty that it is. Etienne Gilson, The Arts of the Beautiful … [Read more...]


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