Tomorrow: Mexicansoulmusique @Gather4Good

FINAL NOTICE: Tomorrow Shawn Kolles and I will be playing three sets of music at Gather4Good, sponsored by Catholic United Financial, at Cedar Lake Farm, in New Prague, MN. If you’re in the area come on out between 11 am and 3 pm. You can preregister for it here or call the number below. From the website: “This FREE event includes assembling care packages for the needy in our community (all supplies provided), a picnic lunch, musical entertainment, face painting, inflatable jumper and mo … [Read more...]

Review: Liquid Crystal Project 3

(Liquid Crystal Project 3, Groove Attack / Polar Ent / Greenstreets) This review is about good music, soundcraft, art. Soulcraft. I am not a jazz critic, a hip-hop head, or a media journalist. For the purposes of this review I am, first and foremost, a musician who also happens to be a writer. I offer this disclaimer from the outset to be clear what this album is not about. Liquid Crystal Project 3 is not about orthodoxy, reaching to meet standards and  expectations external to what is closest … [Read more...]

June 23, 2012 3:29am

I wasn’t, and am not, primarily concerned with injustice, but with art. Ralph Ellison, from an interview in the Paris Review. And this is just the tip of the iceburg; you absolutely must read this brilliant interview. … [Read more...]

June 22, 2012 10:23pm

Legends are lessons, they ring with Truth. Brave … [Read more...]

June 21, 2012 11:51pm

On Big Think, Zizek argues for philosophy’s relevance today for and against Science, defends Hegel (over and above his beloved Marx), and contextualizes his more popular work next to his principal desire: to orchestrate a return to philosophy, with new, updated results.His remarks align in some ways with two recent essays I wrote: After Science? and Does Education Need Science? … [Read more...]

June 21, 2012 10:22pm

I do think I have an ability to record sensual and emotional facts and factoids, to construct a convincing surface of what life feels like, both physical life and emotional life. But I also wanted to do something that I call understanding what life feels like, and I don’t believe I did. I also don’t know what it would be to do that, but if I read Virginia Woolf or George Eliot describing emotional facts of people, it seems there’s a fragrance of understanding you come away with—this smell in your … [Read more...]

June 21, 2012 7:10pm

My Twin Cities workspace, featuring: mini Mac, Sonny Rollins (East Broadway Run Down), The Fugees (The Score), The Roots (How I Got Over), Walgreen’s “Sudafed,” Catechism of the Catholic Church, Augustine’s Confessions, Husserl’s Ideas, Paris Review, Moleskine, diary (made by Daro Pohl), Parker fountain pen, coffee, and a working draft of my new, forthcoming book “Liturgy as Mystagogy.” (Taken with Instagram) … [Read more...]

Dear Dean Sidorkin, Sign me up for the revolution

Alexander Sidorkin is a decorated philosopher of education — and Dean of the Feinstein School of Education, Rhode Island College — who, like me, takes an ontological approach to his work. He is also a fantastic and serious doodler. His new, open access journal — Syllabi — publishes peer-reviewed syllabi. (The Chronicle of Higher Education has also published a story about it.) In the first issue, his editorial introduction offers a sensible rationale and impassioned call … [Read more...]

June 20, 2012 7:22pm

a new way of looking at things is necessary… Edmund Husserl, from the Introduction to Ideas. … [Read more...]

June 20, 2012 7:07am

Here’s a just-over-nine-minute rendition of Bill Withers’ classic “Ain’t No Sunshine” that my brother in law, Shawn Kolles, and I recorded at last night’s rehearsal for this upcoming Sunday’s performance at Gather4Good, sponsored by Catholic United Financial, at Cedar Lake Farm, in New Prague, MN. It’s a great, service-oriented — and 100% FREE! — event; if you’re in the area come on out between 11 am and 3 pm. You can preregister for it here.REMINDER: This whole week you can listen and download … [Read more...]