There is no Frigate like a Book To take us Lands away Nor any Courses like a Page Of prancing Poetry – This Traverse may the poorest take Without oppress of Toll – How frugal is the Chariot That bears the Human soul.   I enjoy so many of my girl Emily’s poems. I particularly love this one on the power of the written word to transport and transform the reader. This theme seems especially fitting for her, given that… Read more

Separation of referring and defining is at the very heart of metaphorical speaking and is what makes it not only possible but necessary that in our stammering after a transcendent God we must speak, for the most part, metaphorically, or not at all.1 In reading N.T. Wright’s newest tome Paul and the Faithfulness of God, I was reminded of the importance of understanding the nature of metaphor if we have any hope of interpreting the Scriptures accurately (or human language in… Read more

The Tree of Life, starring Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, and Jessica Chastain, is written and directed by Terrence Malick. It won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival (the highest prize of the festival) and was nominated for three Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Cinematography. The film portrays life in a non-linear way, recounting the human experience from the first chapter to the last, from Creation to Consummation. Malick tells this story through the life of… Read more

Part 2 of a two-part series with unnecessarily long titles on time. This post is loosely connected to a previous post on time, its limits and consequently how we ought to spend it. In addition to the limits of my brain capacity, I simply haven’t got the time (pun intended) for tackling anything comprehensive about time. I have more questions than answers on the subject, but here are a few humble pensées on time. In his A Brief History of… Read more

In a field I am the absence of field. This is always the case.                 5 Wherever I am I am what is missing. When I walk I part the air and always                         10 the air moves in to fill the spaces where my body’s been. We all have reasons for moving.                         15 I move To keep things whole. This is a sad poem. I think we all know the feeling of being somewhere but not really being there. We… Read more

 Part 1 of a two-part series with unnecessarily long titles. In an effort to lure the broadest readership to my fledgling blog, I couldn’t think of a better way to draw droves of folks in than to begin by reminding you that you are all going to die. Hence the potentially intimidating Latin-phrase-of-a-title that becomes actually intimidating when you realize what it means: remember you gon’ die, son (a rough translation). Happy New Year, y’all! For our first adventure of… Read more

Top Albums, Films, Days of 2013 (top 3 are in order, the rest are not) TOP ALBUMS Chris Thile “Bach: Sonatas and Partitas, Vol. 1” Volcano Choir “Repave” James Blake “Overgrown” Matt Scott “Poets & Saints” The Lone Bellow “The Lone Bellow” Lost in the Trees “A Church That Fits All Our Needs” Daft Punk “Random Access Memories” The Bad Plus “Made Possible” Stile Antico “Phoenix Rising” Phosphorescent “Muchacho” TOP FILMS 12 Years a Slave, dir. Steve McQueen – brutal…. Read more

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