Author Archives: Steve-O

Better sense of history: Billy Zoom’s list of required listening

“The Ramones, Elvis Presley’s Sun sessions, Kind of Blue by Miles Davis, Time Out by Dave Brubeck, something done in Owen Bradley’s studio like Patsy Cline or Brenda Lee, Johnny B. Goode by Chuck Berry … how long is this … Continue reading

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How a skull on your desk will change your life

By Sr. Theresa Aletheia Noble The practice of remembering that you will die helps you to keep in mind that your life will end, and that it has a goal: heaven. Visual reminders — often called memento mori, the Latin phrase … Continue reading

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Bono’s brush with death: ‘I was clinging to my own life’

By Brian Boyd, Irish Times Bono has written about a “brush with mortality” last Christmas that inspired at least three songs on the new U2 album Songs of Experience. On the liner notes of the record, which is out today, the … Continue reading

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What Latino Film Critics Are Saying About Pixar’s ‘Coco’

  By Manuel Betancourt For many of us, “Remember Me” (which is played for laughs and establishes the dashing musical icon Ernesto De La Cruz as the kind of cartoonish Pedro Infante of Coco’s world) is precisely what we worried … Continue reading

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Sermon on the screen: Priest plays himself in ‘Lady Bird’

By Carol Zimmerman For the movie, Father Paul Keller gave four homilies and a small portion of one was used in the film, but he also led the “congregation” of actors in prayer and distributed ashes for an Ash Wednesday service … Continue reading

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Greta Gerwig’s ‘Lady Bird’ is a rallying cry for Catholic schoolgirls everywhere

By Eloise Blondiau, America Magazine In “Lady Bird,” I saw for the first time in film a Catholic girls’ school as I remember it—brimming with kindness, weirdness, friendship and rebellion…. Although this is a film saturated in Catholic imagery and … Continue reading

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The real Roy Orbison story

Roy Orbison once said, “people often ask me how would I like to be remembered and I answer that I would simply like to remembered.” If Orbison could look back these almost-30 years now after his death (on Dec. 6, … Continue reading

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X talk 40 years of punk and being ‘just a little too weird’

Nice profile of the legendary Los Angeles punk band X “We know exactly who we are; we know exactly what we’ve done and why we did it,” Exene Cervenka asserts. “We know what all the mistakes were, we know what … Continue reading

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The rise of the televangelist who advises the White House

Whatever you think of President Donald Trump or his spiritual advisor, the Rev. Paula White, this Washington Post profile by Julia Duin is great reporting. It was an early afternoon in late July, and Paula White was holding court before … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Billy Graham — 99 years and rockin

“When I was growing up, Billy Graham was very popular,” recalled music superstar Bob Dylan two years ago in AARP Magazine. “He was the greatest preacher and evangelist of my time — that guy could save souls and did. I went … Continue reading

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