2014 Lists

I seem to know lots of folks who are expected to produce end of year “best” lists. They tend to be film and culture critics. No one expects me to produce an end of year list. Of anything. Also, given that last year I started an MFA program, I’ve had much less time to consume […]

For all the saints, who from their labor rest

November 1 is All Saints’ Day. November 2 is All Souls’ Day. The first commemorates all saints, known and unknown, of God. All Souls’ Day is a bit murkier for us Protestants since in the Catholic tradition it is a day for praying for those in purgatory. But we can all agree that in these […]

Final Exam Preparation

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Is. 41:10 “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7 Fall Finals Week is a […]

Guster Setlist: Durham 1/13

Backyard Do You Love Me Rainy Day Rise & Shine Ramona Do What You Want The Beginning of the End Long Way Down –requests– Jesus On The Radio Come Downstairs and Say Hello Archetects and Engineers Demons improvised song Stay With Me Jesus So Long Two Points for Honesty Empire State Rocketship What You Call […]

Gerard Manley Hopkins: A Life

You would think that after 35 years of reading, I would know not to pay attention to marketing copy on dust jackets. You would think that after numerous instances of having perfectly good books ruined by ostentatious review blurbs, I would learn simply to read the book and let the book be itself. I would […]

Ode Less Travelled: Mixed Feet

This summer, I began working my way through Stephen Fry’s The Ode Less Travelled. Yes, Jeeves has written a wonderful book on the mechanics of prosody. At the end of each section, Fry provides a writing exercise. In these early chapters, Fry is clear to say that “verbal or metaphysical brilliance” is not the goal. […]