Monthly Archives: July 2019

Has Kanye Lost His Jesus Complex and Found Christ?

If you find it challenging to sort out the spiritual impulses of Kanye West, a recent story by Kate Shellnutt for Christianity Today may be of interest. Perhaps you have heard about West taking his “Sunday Service,” a religious weekly hangout … Continue reading

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‘More Fun in the New World’ follows L.A. punks into the ’80s

I devoured Under the Big Black Sun (2016) because X was one of my all-time fave bands as I grew up in Southern California. Compiled by John Doe of X and Tom DeSavia, a writer and record industry veteran, the … Continue reading

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Ken Burn’s Country Epic

“They connected every dot,” said musician Rosanne Cash, “from Appalachia to Bob Wills to Bakersfield to my dad. It was artfully done, and so moving.” Cash was referring to Ken Burns’ new 16-hour, 8-part documentary on country music that will … Continue reading

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The Long and Surprising History of Roller Derby

By Jennifer Harlan, The New York Times It sounds like a human freight train: wheels clattering around the turns, bodies thumping against each other, toe stops shrieking against the track. A rainbow of hair and wheels goes by in a … Continue reading

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Behold, the millennial nuns

By Eve Fairbanks, Huffpost When I asked Tori what made her stray from this path to become a nun, her whole demeanor changed. Her face got pinker, and she looked almost shy. She asked if she could read the full … Continue reading

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Rise of the Titans: Fascism, Christianity, and the Seduction of the Brutal

By Tara Isabella Burton, MereOrthodoxy EXCERPT: Brutal atavists share with Christians, after all, the conviction that the modern world—particularly, the unenchanted modern world—is fundamentally broken, fundamentally in need of reformulating. Like Christians, these brutal atavists envision a return to an … Continue reading

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In Brooklyn, ‘tradpunk’ Christianity meets millennial counterculture

By Tara Isabella Burton, Religion News Service EXCERPT: Within that paradigm, we are all too often encouraged to focus on our selves, to buy into a never-ending feedback loop of seeking consumption and self-actualization: a capitalist ouroboros masquerading as self-care. … Continue reading

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Meghan Markle and Thomas Merton

By ABBIE LLEWELYN, Express The Duchess of Sussex, who was fiercely intellectual at school, fully engaged with the work of American Catholic theologian Thomas Merton. Mr Merton was a monk, ordained as Father Louis, who wrote more than 70 books … Continue reading

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We never had any wizards in my neighbourhood.

Brian Setzer, The Guardian: “My dad had been in the Korean war with some guys from the deep south, and when I was a kid he told me: “This is the music they liked and I like it too.” He … Continue reading

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