July 24, 2012 8:19am

The Art of Farewell; a powerful and beautiful short film about memory, love, life, and death. … [Read more...]

July 23, 2012 12:11am

I opted against doing the live recording, mostly because I won’t have time to edit it into tracks, so here’s a video recording instead. Several of the new songs are performed here, especially towards the end of the performance. … [Read more...]

July 11, 2012, 5:53pm

A short, brilliant piece of advise from NPR’s Ira Glass for people — especially young people — doing creative work. The message is simple: keep working hard; do lots and lots of work; it will help you get to a place where you can reach your creative ambitions. The longer version — Ira Glass on the Art of Storytelling — can be found at Open Culture. … [Read more...]

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. Frami … [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 finis … [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 download … [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 us … [Read more...]