This is an except from something I wrote a few years ago. Below it is a Spotify link to the song "Chicago." It's possible to encounter O'Connnor's stories (you never really just read them) without explicitly discerning her deep, abiding belief in literary art as Christian vocation or her mission to show, as she said, … Continue reading Flannery and Sufjan
Yesterday was Casimir Pulaski Day, which I know about because of the Sufjan Stevens song. Pulaski was a Polish noble and general who helped the American colonies win their independence from Great Britain by training and leading American soldiers throughout the Revolution. Pulaski died from wounds sustained during the Siege of Savannah, and is remembered … Continue reading On Casimir Pulaski Day, Slavery in The Christmas City
Yesterday, I wished you all a Happy St. David's Day. For more context, check out my St. David's Day greeting from last year, here. Oh, and also: Free Wales! On Monday, we'll observe Casimir Pulaski day with a short piece I read at an International Arts Movement event last year, an original photo of a … Continue reading St. David’s Day Redux and Casimir Pulaski
1: that is awesome. 2. he kind of does, from the middle of the face and up. A little or a little more depending on the angle, light, etc. Suf light, Jack light. 3. Thank you for uniting two of my favorite things. Also, see this essay at BeatCrave, which ponders which indie rockers equal … Continue reading To the Person Who Found My Blog By Searching “Sufjan Stevens looks like Jack Shephard”
When I was 16, I heard Gibby Haynes say the music scene needed a new punk moment and he hoped it was Beck. For one or two summers, it was (FEZtival '97, I'm thinking of you). But then people my age graduated and started file-swapping and before you knew it, the Philadelphia region was the … Continue reading Some Random Thoughts About Music
And the past. Behold, the eschaton. This is a new 8-song EP from Sufjan Stevens. Stream the whole thing above. I'm only three songs in, but I'm pretty sure it's the greatest thing ever.
From 2009. I am fascinated by the idea, put forward in the lit seminar I'm taking, that in the middle of the 20th century it was fashionable for artists and writers to convert to Catholicism. I'd never heard that before. I was reading about Robert Lowell's transformation from Boston-bred Puritan/Congregationalist heir to Catholic, and found … Continue reading Religion (Religiosity?) as Rebellion