Hatred of the Poor: Sad, Self-Loathing Poison from the Right-Wing Catholic Ghetto – UPDATED

Moving to Canada has afforded me a convenient, but slight, distance from the septic squalor of US political commentary. I trace the headlines with my eyes, but little more than that.I mention this to reenter the fray, and address a recent post at the Candid World Report, by Stephen J. Herreid, entitled "How to Fend Off Freeloaders: What Keeps Left and Right so Far Apart?" The post claims to be about the perils of political partisanship, but what it really amounts to is a personal attack of Ar … [Read more...]

Late to Love: A Concert and Q&A

Last week I played a concert and did a Q&A at Seattle Pacific University Arts Center, sponsored by Image Journal. Although it was sparsely attended, those who were there, including my Patheos colleague Artur Rosman and his children, were a wonderful and hospitable audience on a damp and chilly Wednesday night.I also think the acoustics of the room were nice and are fairly well captured in this video:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=my-pfgK7Qfs&feature=youtu.beIn other Late to … [Read more...]

“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 and person I am. As I've mentioned a few times here, many of the reviews and questions surrounding Late to Love have led me to think and re-think not only my art, but also myself.Here is an excerpt: ... questions of artistic identity may not be about art in the sense that is strictly related to the making and crafting of music or other things. I suspect that the desires of the artist are nothing more or less … [Read more...]

Gradualism and the Aesthetics of Communication

I've stayed away from the Synod news. I'll read the documents in due time, but I have no journalistic interests to hasten me. Two small impressions have occurred to me, which I offer below in limited relation to the actual Synod event. These are speculative remarks, made in response to the always unreliable informant that is my Twitter feed and Facebook wall. Feel free to ignore them or to apply them where they might fit in that discussion, but do keep in mind that this is not really about the b … [Read more...]

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 was followed by Hunter Sharpless, both originally from the Republic of Texas. I am now their third. We talked about my review of God's Not Dead, the Christian film that came out this summer.Read the write-up that goes along with the recorded interview. … [Read more...]

Vaccines and Ideological Delusions

Every few weeks my Facebook feed revisits another report from a nutty niche website of a study that definitively proves the debilitating evils of infant, child, and pregnant mother vaccinations. The studies cited are usually recycled from the previous unpersuasive iteration, and Simcha Fisher is usually a reliable antidote to them. The issue usually then boils down to journalistic self-reporting by parents who reject vaccinations, which too often is given a polite pass.*I'm very sad to re … [Read more...]

Another Late to Love Round-Up!

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(Read the first round-up, including links to 11 reviews.)*Late to Love has been out for almost two weeks now and has received quite a few mentions and reviews. Here they are, counting off from 11, where the last round-up ended:12. Pia de Solenni includes Late to Love among art that shows "Why We Don’t Need Catholic/Christian Writers, Artists, etc."13. Korrectiv Press gives its literary cousin, Wiseblood, a shout out.14. Tom Zampino writes "Of Pears, And Lusts, And Conv … [Read more...]

Black United Students at Kent State University Stage a “Die In”

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Today at 1 pm EST, Black United Students organized and staged a "die in" at Kent State University in response to continuing violence against African Americans and other -- often young and male -- people of colour. Photos and video taken by Walter Gershon.  #‎kentstatediein   … [Read more...]

The Way of Beauty: From Aesthetics to Art

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A great deal of ink has been spilled lately about the need to appreciate what Pope Francis recently referred to in Evangelii Gaudium as the via pulchritudinis, the way of beauty. The term 'aesthetics' is in vogue, so it seems, and it appears to be having some positive effects, in small but serious ways, on contemporary religious artists---they are out there, and perhaps always have been, but are getting more attention and reception.Nonetheless, aesthetics is not art. The former pre … [Read more...]

Phenomenology is in the Air!

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The manuscript that began as my doctoral dissertation was finally sent to my editor this morning around 5 am. It is not finished, but it's very close to being finished. The title of the work is Folk Phenomenology: Education, Study, and the Human Person, it will be published in early 2015 by Atropos Press.This brings me to a somewhat belated welcome--- am I late to love?---to two new additions at Patheos Catholic who are good friends of mine. Both who drink deeply at the well of … [Read more...]


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