This is the next post about my Metanoia Season of spiritual renewal. Here's the full list of related posts. And while you're here, have you heard about Anti-Famine 40? For the first 18 years of my life I was much in church, and that meant the Episcopal Church. Ages 18-34, with some gaps, I was … Continue reading All I Really Need to Know I Learned in WE LIKE SHEEP
It's been the Year of Bowie. Just about a year ago I stood in front of David Bowie and Iman's Manhattan home and thought hey, I should listen to like all of his stuff. And now I've done it - aside from the occasional rough draft, outtake, collaboration, or film appearance, which I'll gladly continue … Continue reading Bowie Crash Course: The Part of Tens
In a 1937 novel, a modest history writer starts nightmaring that pretty much everyone younger than him - including his own wife and baby - are alien plants designed, from the genes on up, to replace normal stodgy humans like himself. After a long paranoid muse, where he takes every sparkling, wondermaking word or action … Continue reading David Bowie Is Star Begotten
Crash Course for the Ravers Album: The Next Day (2013) Prior Level of Acquaintance: High Three-Word Review: angry, precise, defiant So I was trying to listen to Bowie only in order, but I admit that The Next Day was where I turned the morning after November's presidential election. The combination of shouty and defiant - … Continue reading You Call Yourself a Prophet?
Hurrah for New York City, which David Bowie made his home for many years and which hosts events like last night's gigantic starry tribute to him - albeit in a sticky-floored concrete box crowded like the rush-hour 6. It was worth it. The remarkable artists included but were not limited to (in no particular order) … Continue reading Give Me Your Hands, ‘Cause You’re Wonderful
Crash Course for the Ravers Album: Reality (2003) Prior Level of Acquaintance: Moderate Three-Word Review: energetic, emphatic, clear Buy New Reality. This was actually what I wrote on my to-do list when I realized that my old CD of Reality had got scratched up and I needed to repurchase the album in digital form. Needless … Continue reading Death-Defying Acts
Crash Course for the Ravers Album: Heathen (2002) Prior Level of Acquaintance: Moderate Three-Word Review: intense, meditative, gorgeous “The greatest thing/you’ll ever learn/is just to love/and be loved in return,” sings David Bowie in the number that opens Baz Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge! Moulin Rouge! is one of those projects you either love or hate. I … Continue reading Toward a Bowie Theology