Greatest Hits

My favorite short pieces on this site.

Logic Gives Love’s Answer

Death is the Engine of Life: Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Jesus, and How Reality Works.
Spirituality | Pop Culture


That Old Pearl Harbor Feeling

Everyone agrees 2016 was a turning point. Where do you plant your feet in the crashing new tide?
History | Cultural Comment | Thoughts on Living


Moral Imagination, Mr. Lawrence

A WWII-set masterpiece asks whether I can affirm our common humanity and still hate your guts.
History | Film | Thoughts on Living


Jesus Was a Refugee

My surprise return to the Episcopal Church and where it led me (to a protest).
Personal Essay | Thoughts on Living | Spirituality


No Spoilers

Why can’t David Bowie and I ‘give everything away’? Special guests Pope Francis and the Childlike Empress.
Personal Essay | Thoughts on Living | Spirituality


Piecemeal Miracle and All You Have to Decide

Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge, Desmond T. Doss, a bit of The Lord of the Rings, and our responsibility to the rest of the world.
History | Film | Thoughts on Living


God & Man: No Religion

David Bowie’s ‘Modern Love’ and the theodicies of existential protest. No, really.
Music | Theology


Ration Yourself

We don’t need no stinking carbon footprint, said the Britishers of the 1940s and 50s.
History | Thoughts on Living


The Vegan and the FEPOWs

Donald Watson (co)coined the word vegan in 1944 – groundbreaking compassion for humans and non-humans.
History | Thoughts on Living


Paris and Heart Mountain: Very Assorted Thoughts

Terrorists attacked Paris, and I was at the theater thinking about the WWII internment of Japanese-Americans.
History | Theater | Cultural Comment | Thoughts on Living


Most of History is Mourning

(Warning: explicit. History’s like that.)
History | Theology

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Barabajagal; or, That Time Donovan Healed My Broken Arm

True story.
Music | Personal Essay


Full Circle Like a Record

From the 1901 founding of the Victor Talking Machine Co. to great music being made today, in five easy steps.
Music


Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Rock Star

Big shout-out to that eminent Victorian Joseph Carey Merrick (aka the Elephant Man).
History | Theater


What Pete Townshend Personally Told Me

The deep message of Quadrophenia, straight from its creator’s mouth.
Music


Confessions of a Christmas Carol Addict

That warm and fuzzy classic? Yeah, it’s about death.
Literature | Film | Music | Thoughts on Living