Party of the Uncertain

"If there were a party of those who aren't sure they're right, I'd belong to it." Albert Camus

The Hammer

Let me disclose: I’m not a literary critic.  I’m not even an experienced reader of poetry.  However, but I’m struck by Arthur Rimbaud’s poem “The Blacksmith”–a thunderous work wherein a … Continue reading

May 23, 2013 · Leave a comment

Bataille and Religion

“From the start, the introduction of labor into the world replaced intimacy, the depth of desire and its free outbreaks, with rational progression, where what matters is no longer the … Continue reading

May 7, 2013 · 4 Comments

Tarkovsky, Time, and (a Little Bit of) Tech

I’ve been watching a lot of Russian films lately; most recently, Andrei Konchalovsky‘s Siberiade took me through almost a century’s worth of one village’s history, along with the often-universal questions … Continue reading

April 3, 2013 · Leave a comment

Good Friday Reflection

I participated in the Good Friday service at Luther Place Memorial Church.  Each of the seven final words of Jesus were assigned to a person who prepared a reflection to … Continue reading

March 31, 2013 · Leave a comment

An Essential Reminder

Why more people haven’t asked the question or expressed the conviction is extremely troubling; the fact that a respected public figure demands both be taken seriously is beyond welcome. This, … Continue reading

March 19, 2013 · 3 Comments

Tax Resistance and Symbolic Protest

On Friday, I attended the monthly session called “Clarification of Thought” at the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker.  The chairs were arranged to face one side of this rather humble living … Continue reading

March 5, 2013 · 3 Comments

Where Were the Women?

I finally saw The Sorrow and the Pity last night; among other things, I couldn’t bear to watch Annie Hall one more time without being reminded of the gaping hole … Continue reading

January 30, 2013 · Leave a comment