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League of Inveterate Poets

The out-of-context contextuality of a foolish sage

Sebastian Blanck: Would You Kill for the Empire of the Free?

| July 28, 2010

This song, from Alibi Coast, the new album by Sebastian Blanck, raises important questions on many levels, from the political to the cosmological. I wrote a novel on the wall With every line and with every thought The ceiling fell until I was caught By an angel who wanted it all An angel who wanted […]

Mountain Goats’ “Life of the World to Come” Video on Pitchfork

| June 19, 2010

Image via Wikipedia Director Rian Johnson‘s beautifully understated short documentary film The Life of the World to Come is streaming this week only at Pitchfork TV. Set on a bare stage in the auditorium of Pomona College, the film records a performance by John Darnielle of all the tracks of the most recent album of […]

A LOST Retrospective: The LOST Eschaton, or Knowing the End from the Beginning

| May 25, 2010

Now that the LOST finale episode, and the entire six-year series, are history, I’ve decided to begin an attempt at re-watching all the episodes again, now knowing the end from the beginning. I realized that in doing this I’ll get to repurpose the two-readings “Christian” way of reading the Bible I learned in seminary. In […]

Poetry, the Breath of Life

| May 1, 2010

Image by Martin LaBar via Flickr Do you know—the only life I am sure of is the life of the Imagination. Whatever the absolute Truth—or Untruth—of that old life-in-death—Poetry can make that man live for the length of the faith you or any other choose to give to him. I do not claim to bestow […]

Review: An Unsettling God by Walter Brueggemann

| March 7, 2010

An Unsettling God: The Heart of the Hebrew Bible by Walter Brueggemann My rating: 5 of 5 stars Brueggemann forces us to unblinkingly confront the God actually presented in the Old Testament, not the God we wish was there via the colored glasses of our Western rationalistic theology. He shows us that the Israelite conception […]

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