July 11, 2012 4:41pm

Here is recording of the guest lecture I gave yesterday at the Church of Saint Paul in Ham Lake, MN: “Sts. Augustine and Monica, the Head and the Heart.” The talk follows the annotated outline below:I This talk will introduce St. Augustine’s Confessions by making a somewhat bold claim: St. Monica is the sine qua non of the book, the character without which there is nothing at all. This claim asks us to imagine Augustine confessing to Monica, a story of a son confessing to his mother. F … [Read more...]

July 6, 2012 6:33am

I am a book lover. I love books. Yesterday, I bought three books at Goodwill and received two more in the mail. Here is a short (less than half an hour), striking, timely, and, for reasons and sentiments I cannot quite find words for, moving documentary about books and their future: Epilogue: The Future of Print. Most of all, it is about the book as art. (And no, the perhaps ironic convergence of analog and digital worlds in this post doesn’t bother me in the least.)Speaking of books: I’m fin … [Read more...]

July 3, 2012, 4:39pm

Last night I went to see a jazz drum duet featuring Dave King (from The Bad Plus) and  JT Bates (from Fat Kid Wednesdays) at a new place in the Twin Cities, Icehouse. Here’s a recording of their set, which was great. … [Read more...]

July 1, 2012 10:20pm

Here it is: The Bad Plus with Joshua Redman, at the Twin Cities Jazz Festival. Recorded by yours truly, on my Zoom3. Enjoy! … [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 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 downlo … [Read more...]

June 18, 2012 9:53pm

Homeschooling is usually associated with school-choice and privatization that come from the Right. Sadly, this is a caricature. Unschooling and deschooling are related to homeschooling in many ways, but, unlike homeschooling, they have more obvious history and bandwidth than the narrow Right. Here is an interesting, introductory lecture by Astra Taylor — a through and through Leftist — on her experience being unschooled. The conversation that follows the lectures is also very interesting.The … [Read more...]

June 11, 2012 11:00pm

Dr. James Makubuya, my former Wabash colleague and world-renowned musician and ethnomusicologist, has become a very good friend over the past few weeks of preparing and recording Sister Stella’s album, Harambee. Here is a short, funny clip that I happened to capture between him and me. It was later in the day and things were getting a little stressful so he began making jokes in his disarming, beautifully African way. … [Read more...]

June 6, 2012 9:52am

I just got my copy of The Liquid Crystal Project, Part 3. If you saw the YouTube video posted a few days ago, with saxophonist Eddie Bayard, you will recall him saying that this was one of four of his favorites sessions. (Another one of them was my EP.) This group was put together by the hip-hop artist J Rawls, with friends Eddie Bayard and the amazing B Jazz and other regulars and guests. This is the band to hear what some people are calling “jazzhop.” (You can also check out The Jazzhop Mov … [Read more...]

June 1, 2012 3:58am

A new Les Miserables is coming out on the big screen this year, opening on the Feast of the Incarnation! … [Read more...]


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