Archive for the ‘Culture’ Category

Silent movies

August 18, 2017

Three silent films that each in their own way stand the test of time:

The King of Kings (DeMille, 1927). Story of Jesus. The opening scene and the resurrection scene appear in color, the rest in black and white.

Metropolis (Fritz Lang, 1927). German expressionist film, partly lost and mostly restored.

Nosferatu (F. W. Murnau, 1922). Another German expressionist film, the first (or one of the first) vampire movies. The link takes you to a beautifully remastered Blu-Ray version.


House of the Rising Sun as never before

July 19, 2017

Last night I was binge-listening to different artists’ treatments of the classic “House of the Rising Sun” and ran across this.


The Economics of Sex

October 13, 2016

Great video from the Austin Institute.

A Secular Jew Comes to Faith in Christ

September 22, 2016

I’ve just bought Andrew Klavan’s new book The Great Good Thing: A Secular Jew Comes to Faith in Christ, and I’ve read about a fourth of it so far. A successful novelist and screen writer, Klavan does not write the kind of inspirational autobiography we’re used to . . . and that’s a  great, good thing.

Risen, the movie

July 15, 2016

The wife and I just watched Risen (2016) with Joseph Fiennes as Clavius, a Roman tribune charged by Pontius Pilate with finding the body of Jesus. The movie is well done: fairly faithful to the text of the Gospels, and very faithful to the gospel story in general. Clavius serves as the viewpoint character, a sort of “fly on the wall” to Jesus’ post-resurrection time and his ascension.

Imagine heaven

February 27, 2016

Mike Adams on near death experiences.

Pre-historical fiction

February 8, 2016

I’m reading Shaman by Kim Stanley Robinson (2013), an author best known for his Mars Trilogy (Red Mars, Blue Mars, Green Mars). Shaman describes the life of a hunter-gatherer band of early humans through the eyes of Loon, a young boy who trains to become a shaman. I’ve read one or two of the Mars Trilogy, also Robinson’s The Years of Rice and Salt, and so far I’ve enjoyed this one best.

Robinson writes leisurely, descriptive prose that moves the story slowly. He creates a sense of the land where the humans live, and he describes plausible habits of language and culture. One example: Robinson shows Neanderthal and Cro-Magnon humans living on the same land and sharing a complex relationship. The Cro-Magnons naturally call themselves People, and they call the Neanderthal Old Ones or Lunkheads. The two races sometimes visit one another’s camps, and at least once in the novel some People help out an injured Old One. But if the Old Ones catch you alone in the woods, they might kill you and eat you.

This is addictive

January 22, 2016

A real-time map of births and deaths in The Atlantic.

The Eagles weep

January 18, 2016

Glenn Frey dead at 67. R.I.P.

Are you rich, poor, or in between?

December 20, 2015

Find out on the Pew Global Income Calculator.

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