A Beautiful Story

In my final address to Wabash College, I told a story I often tell in my classes; about an emeritus professor at Virginia Tech who gave his life for his students. A former student — and good friend — of mine, Bob Cassady, sent me a classroom story of his own today, via e-mail:“Over a beer my buddy Michael Thomas, who lived at the Catholic Worker, told me a beautiful story. He said that a seminarian of Holy Cross, who had completed a few years of a Math PhD before entering seminary, … [Read more...]

New Noisetrade Album

Things have been slow here over the past few days due to sickness. While I start my antibiotics and try to get back into my (un)usual work routine, here’s another little project for free listening and downloads. Enjoy! … [Read more...]

June 25, 2012 4:47pm

Stage shot from yesterday’s show. (Taken with Instagram) … [Read more...]

June 23, 2012 7:40pm

Titles and song order for my new, forthcoming album, “Late to Love.” (Taken with Instagram) … [Read more...]

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...]