Sudden fiction is another term for flash fiction, but the two aren't simply synonymous, at least not to my ear. Don't read too much into the title of this post. I'm not making some argument that the Gospel of Mark ought to be thought of as fiction or non-fiction by modern definitions. I'm talking about … Continue reading The Gospel of Mark as Sudden Fiction
From 2014: I'm trying to write a new post about depression and doubt. One does not do this without referencing Leonard Cohen and Ernest Hemingway. I looked up some old posts for reference, only to find that I'd written this almost a year ago to the day: https://chriscocca.com/2013/02/08/rockstars-and-whetstones-and-ssris-steven-hyden-and-a-bunch-of-other-stuff/ I can't say that my medical situation … Continue reading Doubt, Depression, Dread-Mornings of the Soul
I can't speak to the meat of this piece, and the piece it opposes, as it relates to post-blackness. On the other hand, ethnographically, I do know something about the immigrant experiences of my own kin, and people like them, in the history of 20th century Americanization. Clearly, I cannot (and have no reason to … Continue reading Jesus, Toure, Theology, etc.
Michael Jackson died in 2009. This post is from 2013. I enjoyed this recent post from Wandering Mirages about the eponymous hero (or something) of Herman Melville's Bartleby, the Scrivener. Wandering Mirages concludes that Bartleby is all things at once: But, in the end, in the tragic and evasive end, the novella had proved … Continue reading Bartleby, the Carpenter; Bartleby the King of Pop: The Inevitability of Jesus and Michael Jackson
And Jesus said “the time has been fulfilled. The Kingdom of God is has come near. Repent, and believe the good news.” “Master,” they said, “what is the good news? Tell us, so that we might believe it.” And Jesus answered them: “the time has been fulfilled. The Kingdom of God has come near. Repent, … Continue reading The Good News is Supposed to Be Good
Reminds me of "Suzanne" by Leonard Cohen. Excerpt: And Jesus was a sailor When he walked upon the water And he spent a long time watching From his lonely wooden tower And when he knew for certain Only drowning men could see him He said "All men will be sailors then Until the sea shall … Continue reading Until the Sea Shall Free Them
I spent most of the day working on a message inspired by 1 Corinthians 1:18- 25. In that passage, the apostle Paul says that the cross and the message it sends are foolishness to the self-styled wisdom of convention, but to those who "are being saved, it is the power of God." I've spent a lot of … Continue reading Paul Pierce and Gospel Poetry