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...]

A Whole Lotta Mozart

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As I have frequently remarked in the past — so frequently that my regular reader(s) doubtless grow tired of hearing it — YouTube is the classical music lover’s best friend. (Well, maybe not best. But a real solid one, at least.) The latest example? Henryk Szeryng and Ingrid Haebler’s recording of Mozart’s “Great” violin sonatas. All 5 [Read More...]

Saying Goodbye to Eli the Great

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Legendary Eli Wallach passed away yesterday, at the age of 98 (via The NY Times): More often than not, his film roles required him to play mustachioed characters who were lawless, evil or just plain nasty, which puzzled and challenged him. “Actually I lead a dual life,” he once said. “In the theater, I’m the little [Read More...]

Cormac and the Five Cherry Pits

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A funny little Cormac (Sixth Son) story, which I’m putting here for safe-keeping because it’s hilarious and my memory’s horrible and I really want to remember it and thisismyblogsoI’lldowhatIwant. We got cherries in our latest co-op basket. Sarah had given them to the boys with the (usual) requirement that they put the pits and stems [Read More...]

Summa Shorts: “Koh Yao Noi”

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Today’s short isn’t a fiction piece, and it’s not animated. So, by virtue of those two facts, it’s a bit of a departure from my typical offerings. However, its description contains the following phrase: “…using a GoPro camera and a Quadcopter…” And SOLD! Seriously, though, this is gorgeous. Even if the technical details behind Philip Bloom’s [Read More...]


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