Just Jim Dale (And That’s Just Fine)


Unless you are a fervent fan(atic) of Dr. Terminus (as I am) or a dedicated devotee of Broadway’s “Barnum” (which I am not, though I’m thinking of changing that as a result of this post), hearing the name “Jim Dale” probably doesn’t bring a face immediately to mind. In fact, I’m guessing the vast majority of [Read More...]

“The Ransom of Red Chief”


I received your letter to-day by post, in regard to the ransom you ask for the return of my son. I think you are a little high in your demands, and I hereby make you a counter-proposition, which I am inclined to believe you will accept. You bring Johnny home and pay me two hundred [Read More...]

Music To Write/Work By


I wrote this post about a year-and-a-half ago. Way back in the earliest stages of my Patheos blogging, a couple days after Elizabeth gave me the keys to the place. But for some reason, I never published it. Too nervous, I think. For reasons that are still unclear to me. (I have over 200 drafts [Read More...]

London’s Past Meets London’s Present


I’ll be honest. I was sold on this video the moment Open Culture described it as “using Gustav Mahler’s Fourth Symphony as a sort of sonic mortar.” (Of course, as I scan through my archives, I find that I have been fascinated by this sort of past/present mashup for some time now. I’m nothing if not …reliable.) Time [Read More...]

Gorgeous New Trailer for Tomm Moore’s “Song of the Sea”


As I have surely remarked in the past, I love The Secret of Kells. Which is streaming in a number of places, so if you have not yet seen it for yourself, I urge you stop whatever it is you’re doing and GIVE IT A WATCH. If you have seen it, however, you will doubtless understand my [Read More...]

Frane Selak: The Luckiest of Unlucky Men


NOTE: “As of this date, none of Selak’s claims have been independently verified.” But as my father always says, why let facts get in the way of a good story? For some reason, I keep thinking about is the opening of Magnolia. Except Sydney Barringer would have been the Unluckiest of Lucky Men, right? (Also, [Read More...]

“Collecting My Thoughts,” by Grant Snider


Perhaps it’s because I just polished off a much-needed long weekend, or perhaps it’s because I took last Friday off in addition to the previously-scheduled long weekend. Or maybe it’s something else entirely. But whatever the cause, I’ve had a tough time gathering my thoughts today. (Yes, this is not rare. Yes, today’s much worse.) [Read More...]

Church and Culture and Me

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Remember that time when I said that Deal Hudson was going to let me be on his “Church and Culture” radio program? I was telling the truth. Really. See? (By which I mean: “Hear?”) Yes, we talked about movies, of course. It’s what I do. (Also, no. This is not a picture of me. It [Read More...]

Action Movie Kid


After three days of graduation-related preparations and activities (including taking just under 2,000 pictures), I’m pretty wiped out. Which means these “Action Movie Kid” shorts are even funnier than I’d remembered. That compilation comes from one Daniel Hashimoto, an After Effects artist for DreamWorks, who has acquired quite a reputation of late by posting hilarious little [Read More...]

Graham Greene’s “The Hint of an Explanation” Offers Much More Than a Hint


I sometimes feel pity for that thing. It is so continually finding the right weapon to use against its Enemy and the weapon breaks in its own breast. It sometimes seems to me so…                                                     …powerless. [Read More...]