In November 2016, I experienced a profound call to return to Christianity, even to the style of Christianity I was born into. Since then that call has led in a specific direction – toward these folks: I’m grateful to have been accepted as a Postulant in the Order of Ecumenical Franciscans. Postulancy means a period … Continue reading What I Want to Be When I Grow Up; or, Coming Out Franciscan
I needed something to do while I boned up on some music, so I typed up all the books I read in 2018. In many ways a satisfying list - lots and lots about mysticism and what you might call spiritual life-hacking, plus a nice smattering of YA fantasy, mysteries, and general fiction (that last … Continue reading What I Read in 2018
Coming fall 2018 from Coral Press: my novel A Thousand Dances: A Novel of the British Blues Boom! Music, Mods, miniskirts, and mystery: Click here for more about the novel and its setting in the era when the Beatles hit the big time! Read the first chapter of A Thousand Dances! Sign up for email updates. Learn … Continue reading Coming Fall 2018: A THOUSAND DANCES!
I'm at my new church pretty much all week this Holy Week, except, for work reasons, the Maundy Thursday service. When I first realized this was going to be the case, I felt briefly crushed. I've been attached to Maundy Thursday even during my time in the relative wilderness - since 1995, in fact, when … Continue reading Fortunatus
ME: Wow—Hacksaw Ridge and now Silence—Andrew Garfield is my spiritual director. MY SPOUSE: “With great power comes great responsibility.” That’s a joke. Andrew Garfield is not my spiritual director. Though if you’re reading this, Mr. Garfield, you’re awesome. Love the eyebrows. But seriously: following an interestingly mixed career that swung (sorry) from The Social Network … Continue reading Andrew Garfield Is My Spiritual Director
Crash Course for the Ravers Album: Earthling (1997) Prior Level of Acquaintance: Moderate Three-Word Review: new, redeeming, frustrating I’m afraid I can’t help it I’m afraid I can This is how I heard the refrain from ‘I’m Afraid of Americans’ when I first listened to it a decade ago while undergoing a root canal. In … Continue reading Earthlings on Fire
...and a couple hundred other people. This was at a signing of the upcoming CD Classic Quadrophenia in Manhattan on May 29, where Townshend and orchestrator Rachel Fuller discussed the project, answered a few questions, and took the time to greet and autograph for everyone there. Pete spoke briefly about the various prior versions of Quadrophenia. While he hardly … Continue reading What Pete Townshend Personally Told Me