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...]

Left Behind After the End that Never Began

Your mostly faithful Weekly Apocalypse, in nine points:People terrified by an Ebola outbreak in the United States also seem to object to universal healthcare. Postmodernist, libertarian, and know-nothing consumerist anti-vaxers unite in relativistic denial of herd immunity, temporarily disproving the theory of natural selection. Every journalist in the entire world seems to have forgotten about the Islamic Golden Age. George Weigel reads Evangelical Catholicism and Evangelii Gaudium wi … [Read more...]

More Late to Love News

Late to Love has been out for just over one month. I've had the chance to share the songs live, and the stories behind them, a few times now. I will soon post something of a report on my present status as an artist, and all the complicated questions of branding, secular/sacred identity, and whatnot. In the meantime, a few more generous reviews have come out (find the 19 other reviews here and here):20. Calah Alexander reviews the CD in "Late to Love and Audio Divina" where she gives it … [Read more...]

MYTOP10 Novel List, As Requested by Artur Rosman

I don't know why I was called out on Facebook about this, seeing how poorly read I am, but here are my top ten favourite novels, in no particular order, including novellas, a children's book, and some historical fiction --- in reply to Artur Rosman's much more muscular post of his own:Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain When Nietzsche Wept, Irving Yalom The Death of Ivan Ilych, Leo Tolstoy Amor y Pedagogia, Miguel de Unamuno Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Friedrich Nietzsche Frankenstein, Mary S … [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...]


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