Death is the Engine of Life: Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Jesus, and How Reality Works.
David Bowie wrote and recorded this song while he was busy dying of cancer. When I first heard it, I couldn’t figure it out. You’re dying, man. You’re giving everything away whether you want to or not. Even you, with your Grammys and your personal museum and your own ISP, cannot take it with you. … Continue reading No Spoilers
The night of November 8, 2016, I went to sleep. My husband stayed up to hear the election returns. When my alarm rang, I rolled out of bed and stumbled to the bathroom. He’d left a pink Post-It on the door. I sat down and cried. A few seconds later, the first coherent thought came … Continue reading Jesus Was a Refugee
...With the Seventy-Seventh there marched perhaps the most unusual hero in the annals of American arms. His name was Pfc. Desmond Doss. He was a medic in the 307th Infantry. He was also a Seventh-Day Adventist...who shrank from even touching a weapon." - Robert Leckie, Okinawa: The Last Battle of World War II In … Continue reading All You Have to Decide
If you haven't seen Nagisa Ôshima's Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence, go watch it, because it's great, and there are some spoilers below. If you want a full plot refresher, Wikipedia's isn't bad. The film concerns four men in Tanjung Priok POW camp on Java. Or it might be Bicycle Camp. Or it might be a … Continue reading Moral Imagination, Mr. Lawrence
Lately I've been reminded of my love for the songs of Donovan. Whatever genre(s) you consider him to fall in, he's an outlier for me with his folkrockjazz/stonedpop/ meditatingmystical vibes. Yet several of his songs live permanently on my iPod. I even love 'I Love My Shirt.' Donovan also ticks a rare box in being a star who I met … Continue reading Barabajagal; or, That Time Donovan Healed My Broken Arm