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October 20, 2014
“I’d Rather Be Whole,” an Essay About Art at Ethika Politika
Today I have an essay at Ethika Politika where I think about what sort of artist...
October 13, 2014
Gradualism and the Aesthetics of Communication
I've stayed away from the Synod news. I'll read the documents in due time, but...
September 15, 2014
A Soap Box Interview at Solidarity Hall
Solidarity Hall has a thing for lefty Catholic native Texans. Their Soap Box interview series began with Elizabeth Stoker-Bruenig and...
July 28, 2014
Pre-Order Late to Love! UPDATED
Wiseblood Records, my small but mighty music label, sent out the following memo a few...
June 16, 2014
Listen to the World’s First Augustinian Soul Album!
On August 28th --- the feast of St. Augustine --- Wiseblood Records will release my...
May 02, 2014
When the Soul Gets Blues, The Blues Get Soul
My socks, underwear, and toiletries are stuffed into two guitar cases and a 1945 tube...
April 24, 2014
“Musings” on LATE TO LOVE with Iguana
Almost two years ago, my good friend and fellow philosopher of education (at Hofstra University),...
April 16, 2014
‘God’s Not Dead’ is Sort of Catholic? UPDATED
More here soon, for now read this: Though it is frequently described as a “Christian...
April 14, 2014
#GodsNotDead Soars on Bald Eagle Wings: Or, Postmortem Apologetics
WARNING: Spoilers abound (not that they really matter). (Preface) As a film, a work of...
March 21, 2014
Don’t Miss “The Image of God,” Tomorrow!
Tomorrow, in Portland, OR, two of my great loves — Terrence Malick's masterpiece, The Tree...
February 25, 2014
How to (Not) Destroy Catholic Art
Catholic art is destroyed at the exact point in which it becomes necessary to...
February 20, 2014
The Tree of Life: An Overview
Characters: Father: Brad Pitt. Mother: Jessica Chastain. Adult Eldest Son: Sean Penn. Eldest Son...
February 16, 2014
Reviewing The Faithful Traveler, on EWTN
Anyone who reads this blog with any regularity knows that I strongly dislike two...
January 08, 2014
Something Remarkable in Steubenville
I attended Franciscan University of Steubenville from 2001 to 2005; I used to play music...
December 21, 2013
(The late David Foster Wallace's 2005 "This Is Water" Kenyon College commencement speech drones in...
December 01, 2013
The Educational Significance of Advent
Liturgy is mystogogical. In other words, one role of liturgy is to teach and form...
November 25, 2013
Art Perfects Nothing: Review of “The Thorny Grace of It”
Joseph Bottum puts it plainly, here at Patheos: "Forget the culture-wars crap." He's right, and...
November 07, 2013
When my children see a movie they like, they want to see it again. Immediately....
October 30, 2013
Boredom is Laziness
We live in a culture of boredom. It may seem odd that, within the most...
October 28, 2013
“A Tell-All Insincerity…”
"A tell-all insincerity..." --- this phrase has prevented me from writing here lately. A dear...
October 16, 2013
Beauty Will Survive
Beauty may not save the world, but it can do more than that: beauty will...
August 26, 2013
An Aesthetic Critique of Youth Ministry: Miley Cyrus vs. Bonnie Raitt
MARC BARNES' CRITIQUE OF YOUTH MINISTRY has, predictably, gone viral. Today there is a measured and intelligent...
July 17, 2013
Criticizing Criticism and The Blue Evangelization: A Rejoinder
Read this first. This post is about that post. +++ It is not my first time...
July 13, 2013
Why Serious Catholics Should Hate Catholic Stuff
I love Mexican food. Bordertown street cuisine, Tex-Mex comfort food, and Southwestern red and green...
July 08, 2013
LIVE at The Empire UPDATED
Last night I played the first all-original set I've played since 2006, at Acadia Cafe...
June 25, 2013
LIVE FREE AND DIE
Libertines, everywhere. We have conservative libertines, liberal libertines, secular libertines, and religious libertines. We have...
May 12, 2013
The Womb of Love: A Womanist Manifesto
The Ascension is a soft-spoken Catholic feast about dwelling in a prolonged and reoccurring Advent....
April 20, 2013
I grew up wearing second-hand clothes. And hating it. Shopping was always ritual in humiliation....
February 25, 2013
Beyond the Funk: Prayers for Quvenzhane Wallis UPDATED
Last night on Twitter, during the fanfare of the Oscars, the satirical news publication, The...
February 21, 2013
Solidarity in Vulgarity: The Funk in Racist Jokes (A Reprise)
As a sequel to my previous Black History Month re-post, "White History Month," from earlier...
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