About Joseph Susanka

Joseph has been doing development work for institutions of Catholic higher education since graduating from Thomas Aquinas College in 1999. A grateful resident of Wyoming, he spends his free time exploring the beautiful Wind River Mountains, keeping track of his (currently) seven sons, and thanking his lucky stars for Netflix.

Ear Worm Alert: Ola Gjeilo’s “Seven Eight”

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I’ve written about contemporary Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo in the past, and I’m sure I will do so again, because his stuff is wonderful — some of it very classical in its flavor, some very cinematic, and some more jazzy-bluesy than anything else. In fact, the unpredictableness of the genres in which he works — though [Read More...]

Intriguing Quote of the Day (via Tarkovksy)

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I’ve been collecting quotes about art and artists for some time now, because a) I don’t understand art or artists at all, and b) I want to. So, here’s a little something on the topic from Andrei Tarkovsky, whose films deal very heavily with the question of art and the artist and their relationship to [Read More...]

Petra By Night with Peter West Carey

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Stumbled across this image a few days back. Picked your chin back up off the ground yet? Take your time. I can wait. Those photographs come from Peter West Carey, and they’re spectacular. But I had no idea what I was looking at when I first saw them, other than knowing that it was Petra, [Read More...]

Summa Shorts: “Wolf and the Bees”

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Since I’m currently hanging out in the (surprisingly warm) Pacific Northwest, and since I’ve been fascinated by the idea of beekeepers ever since I first read Gene Stratton-Porter’s “The Keeper of the Bees” as a lad, this short on “Wolf Carr, a vocal coach living in Portland, Oregon who spends his free time as an apiarist [Read More...]

Streaming Suggestion: “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington”

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I’ll be honest. Whenever someone asks me for a list of thematically-appropriate movies for The Fourth, my affection for one particular film shoulders aside any and all candidates that might otherwise have come to mind. Is that fair? Probably not. But I don’t really care. Because while it’s been hard to find online at times, Mr. [Read More...]

Pondering October’s Synod: “Where Have the Men Gone?”

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“Where have the actors gone? The play has ended; the curtains drawn. There’s no applauding now, no cheering crowd; No autographs, no curtain calls; An empty stage, a silent hall.” Morten Lauridsen I suppose it’s not surprising that I jumped so eagerly at the question when Elizabeth first proposed it as a topic for our symposium [Read More...]

Gone Weddin’

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Taking a week or two to head to Washington to witness. I shall return anon. Content may be scanty during the next few days. If my mostly-magical WordPress “Scheduler” function works properly, however, you shall not be left postless. …though whether that is a good or a bad thing remains to be seen. Y’all behave, now, [Read More...]

SMASH CUT TO Fourteen Years Later

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Well, that went well. …and continues to go well, actually. Really, really well. But wait a second…fourteen years? Fourteen?? Time sure flies when you’re having fun. [Read more...]

Summa Shorts: “Duet”

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Gosh, this is gorgeous. From Cartoon Brew’s story this past Thursday: This morning at the Google I/O developer conference, Glen Keane debuted his new hand-drawn short, Duet, which he produced with Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects group. The short is the third in Google’s series of Spotlight Stories that are designed to explore the possibilities of interactive [Read More...]

Streaming Suggestion: “The Castle”

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“It’s the vibe.” I watched the film I’m recommending today because Julie Davis and her relentless enthusiasm forced me to. She just insisted. And insisted. And insisted. And she was right. It’s great. So now, I’m passing that enforcement on to you, gentle readers. But it’s a gift, not a burden. Really. You’ll see. The Castle [Read More...]


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