Gustave Doré and “The Raven”

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Life’s a bit breakneck at the moment, but I’m pulling my head up out of the water just high enough to mention this: Gustave Doré, whose spectacular illustrations for Don Quixote would be the absolute pinnacle of an amazing artistic career if he hadn’t ALSO DONE DANTE, produced 26 engravings for Edgar Allan Poe’s “The [Read More...]

J. S. Bach, Douglas Adams, and the Happy Genius

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Douglas Adams is an acquired taste. I say that with some sadness, but also with a great deal of personal certainty. Because despite my sincere and repeated efforts, I’ve never been able to acquire it. I know many, many tasteful folks who love him and his famous “Hitchiker’s Guide”, so I know it can be [Read More...]

Catching a GLIMPSE

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WOW. Touring the Milky Way now is as easy as clicking a button with NASA’s new zoomable, 360-degree mosaic presented Thursday at the TEDActive 2014 Conference in Vancouver, Canada. The star-studded panorama of our galaxy is constructed from more than 2 million infrared snapshots taken over the past 10 years by NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope. [Read More...]

The Big Bach Puzzler

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Over at NPR’s “Deceptive Cadence” blog, Tom Huizenga has a fun little quiz called “Wig Out With The Big Bach Puzzler.” His music, as compelling today as it was centuries ago, continues to inspire artists of all stripes. So if you thought you knew a few things about the granddaddy of classical music, try this puzzler to see [Read More...]

“Merciful Lord Jesus, grant them rest!”

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Please, please pray for the Lewis family. Pray for Olivia and Emma. And pray for those they leave behind, most especially Sean, Becca, and Vivian. They’re being asked to carry an impossibly heavy cross, to travel down an impossibly dark and difficult road. Even with the extraordinary and edifying outpourings of human sympathy, prayer, and [Read More...]

Summa Shorts: “Death Buy Lemonade”

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I love today’s short for two reasons. (At least.) First, it’s Monday, so the mood on display here is a pretty accurate reflection of how I usually feel this early in the work week. Even down to the “I might be cute, but you’d better not get in my way right now” bit. Except I’m [Read More...]

Remembering the Sound of Hal Douglas

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Hal Douglas passed away last week. Who, you ask? Hal Douglas. Yes, you know him. Or at least you know what he sounded like. From his NY Times obituary: Mr. Douglas was known for a generation in the voice-over industry as one of the top two or three go-to talents, along with Don LaFontaine, the most prolific, [Read More...]

The Fruit Dove: One of Nature’s Sharpest Dressers

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Before today, I had no idea Fruit Doves even existed. Now that I know, though, I’m the richer for it. The fruit doves, also known as fruit pigeons, are a genus (Ptilinopus) in the pigeon and dove family (Columbidae). These colourful, frugivorous doves are found in forests and woodlands in Southeast Asia and Oceania. It is [Read More...]

Sam Rocha’s “Late to Love”

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That’s Sam Rocha. He’s a Patheotte. An Academic. A Soul-Singer. And most of all, he’s a soul-searcher. He’s got a Ph.D. And a Kickstarter project for a SoulBluesJazzFunkFolk/Gospel album called “Late to Love.” An album that takes its name from St. Augustine’s “Confessions.” A project with the stated intention of making “the craft of the music its main priority.” [Read More...]

Yes, Virginia. They Do Get Older.

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The boys made breakfast this morning, because Mardi Gras. In the past, that’s usually meant something like this: And this: And this: And all too quickly, this: Which invariably leads to this: Or this: And this: Followed by this, all ’round: But today, when I woke up, it was this: And this: Quickly followed by [Read More...]


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