Living On the Margins

Music

I don’t have any way to know this for certain, so it’s only a guess, but if I guessed which album I’ve returned to…

Just What Are We Doing?

Books

Early in America’s War for the Greater Middle East, Andrew Bacevich relates a simple yet striking fact. “From the end of World War II…

Just Mercy (Bryan Stevenson, 2014)

Books / Community

A story of justice and redemption The title I’ve chosen for this review is the subtitle of the book, Just Mercy I am eagerly…

Music Born of Faith

Books / Music

Most people have heard the music of Arvo Pärt—even if they are unaware of it. It has been featured in the soundtracks of numerous…

Oak Leaf

Poetry

Oak Leaf A poor outline of parched lips. A blunt spearhead, blood-rusty and brittle with age, long past its ripeness to pierce someone’s side.…

The Reluctant Fundamentalist
(Mira Nair, 2013)

Movies

In our globalized and pluralistic world, opposing views of life and reality can collide, resulting in distrust, and even, sadly, violence. How I see…

Into the Wild
(Sean Penn, 2007)

Movies

Some movies are like cotton candy, others like granola. Some are sweet but vacuous; others more demanding but more nutritious. Sean Penn’s cinematic adaptation…

The Barbarian Invasions
(Denys Arcand, 2004)

Movies

This Academy Award winning film (Best Foreign Language, 2004) is quirky, surprising, well-crafted, and designed to prompt discussion, if not sharp debate. The story…

Funny People (Judd Apatow, 2009)

Movies

Apatow and Aristotle on Friendship I went into the theater expecting to love Funny People. I’d been pleasantly surprised by the way Judd Apatow’s…

Rickie Lee Jones, The Sermon on Exposition Boulevard (2007)

Music

Back in the Eighties, film writer, director, and producer Robert Lee Cantalon decided to “write the words of Jesus in modern language, and publish…