You, Sir, Are No Buckley: A Reply to Stephen Herreid

Stephen Herreid has written a reply to two critics of his post, "How to Fend Off Freeloaders," a personal and petty attack on Artur Rosman. The two critics he mentions are J. Arthur Bloom (based on private correspondence) and myself (based on my reply). For some reason Herreid did not reply to Rosman, who wrote a graceful reply of his own. Since then Bloom has posted a reply and Justin Tse has posted as well, at Rosman's blog, Cosmos the in Lost. Herreid did me the favour of writing a follow-up s … [Read more...]

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The Apocalypse Will Cure Us Dead

Your almost-on-time Weekly Apocalypse, in eight points:The midterm election cured the press of the reporting-on-ebola epidemic. A not-so-recent social science study went out of date again. An Italian karaoke-singing nun, after winning the derivative Italian version of The Voice, signed a record deal with Universal and released a debut where she performs covers songs, bringing an official and much anticipated end to the credibility of the popular music industry. A Catholic online p … [Read more...]

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Late to Love in the Classroom, on the Streets

This past week,  two sections of Hofstra University's Honors College course, "Culture and Expression" --- taught by my dear friend and colleague, Eduardo Duarte (who was also the author of the meditations in the liner notes) --- listened to my Augustinian soul album, Late to Love, as a companion text to their study of Augustine's Confessions. The two classes sent me a number of questions about the album, its composition and content, and its relation to Augustine. I was asked to reply in the form … [Read more...]

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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...]

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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 Love … [Read more...]

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“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 than … [Read more...]

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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...]

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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 with go … [Read more...]

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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...]

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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 She … [Read more...]

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