Random Ten

Still don't own a cat or a digital camera, but I did get me an iPod, so I can now participate in another of those Friday traditions that are all the rage on the Internets.

1. Patty Griffin, "Mad Mission"

2. Green, "Fingerprints"

3. Terry Scott Taylor, "Startin' Monday"

4. Paul Westerberg, "Dyslexic Heart"

5. Mark Heard, "Nod Over Coffee"

6. They Might Be Giants, "Birdhouse in Your Soul"

7. Victoria Williams, "Summer of Drugs"

8. Lucinda Williams, "Blue"

9. The Las, "There She Goes Again"

10. Blur, "Coffee and TV"

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  • Ray

    How about a book meme? What’s the last book you read? The last really good book you read? How many do you own?

  • Ray

    How about a book meme? What’s the last book you read? The last really good book you read? How many do you own?

  • Scott

    How about a book meme?
    I’m just starting this one, myself:
    The War for Righteousness: Progressive Christianity, the Great War, and the Rise of the Messianic Nation
    In The War for Righteousness, Gamble reconstructs the inner world of the social gospel clergy, tracing the evolution of the clergy’s interventionist ideology from its roots in earlier efforts to promote a modern, activist Christianity. He shows how these clergy eventually came to see their task as world evangelization for the new creed of democracy and internationalism, and ultimately for the redemption of civilization itself through the agency of total war. World War I thus became a transcendent moment of fulfillment. In the eyes of the progressive clergy, the years from 1914 to 1918 presented an unprecedented opportunity to achieve their vision of a world transformed–the ancient dream of a universal and everlasting kingdom of peace, justice, and righteousness. American sacrifice was necessary not only to save the country, but to save the entire world.
    Vividly narrating how the progressive clergy played a surprising role in molding the public consensus in favor of total war, Gamble engages the broader question of religion’s role in shaping the modern American mind and the development, at the deepest levels, of the logic of messianic interventionism both at home and abroad. This timely book not only fills a significant gap in our collective memory of the Great War, it also helps demonstrate how and why that war heralded the advent of a different American self-understanding.

  • Patrick Nielsen Hayden

    I am so not surprised to discover that our Fred has a Victoria Williams song on his iPod. And “Summer of Drugs” is a great one.

  • bulbul

    I am obviously missing something: what is the tradition Fred refers to?

  • theophylact

    You don’t own a cat. You offer it lifelong hospitality and hope that it favors you with occasional requests for petting and rewards you with occasional purrs.