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May 10, 2024: More on "The Devil—A Life"

PVC: “What did the devil give you?”

NC: “[…]I think the devil gave me a kind of disguise. It was just a way of, I think, …

May 8, 2024: Caught off guard by the passing of Steve Albini. The sounds he captured on record had a monumental impact on my musical formation in the early …

May 6, 2024: 🎲 6 countries. 12 Armies. Surrounded by larger forces on all sides. But I’m feeling pretty good about my chances. #RISK!

May 6, 2024: A crooked saint with a crooked halo.

May 5, 2024: Happy Cinqo de Mayo! Viva Mexico!

May 4, 2024: Some Saturday photos 📷

May 2, 2024: It’s cherry blossom season in St Andrews.

May 1, 2024: On the Swiftiverse and the Limits of Popular Music as Franchise

This is a great piece by Sinéad O’Sullivan at The New Yorker. O’Sullivan gives name to the phenomenon that has, for me, begun to remove …

Apr 30, 2024: Team Sleep - Ever (Foreign Flag)

This song is still, nearly 20 years on, one hell of a vibe and Chino Moreno is a hell of a singer.

Apr 29, 2024: So, All Born Screaming is fantastic. Front to back, my favorite thing Annie Clark (aka St. Vincent) has ever done. Echoes of Nine Inch Nail, Talking …

Apr 27, 2024: Watched First Reformed with Anna. Her first viewing, my second. Such a powerful film. Having just watched Diary of a Country Priest the night before …

Apr 25, 2024: 🎵Listening to different versions of “Wayfaring Stranger” while I cook dinner. I think this one by Rhiannon Giddens is probably my …

Apr 25, 2024: Well, this could be a bit of a time suck… 😬

Apr 24, 2024: I was first introduced to John O’Donohue years ago by my friend David, via this amazing interview by Krista Tippett for On Being. I finally picked up …

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Apr 23, 2024: Had the opportunity to visit the exhibition of Nick Cave’s The Devil — A Life at the Xavier Hufkens Gallery (St-Georges) in Brussels just over a week …

Apr 23, 2024: Location check in 🗺 — The Roundel

Jan 8, 2024: Eco again (File under “Things that fuel this researcher’s neuroses”): “An idea contained almost by mistake on a page of an otherwise useless (and …

Jan 8, 2024: Umberto Eco on asking librarians for aid as you research your thesis: ”You must overcome any shyness and have a conversation with the librarian, …

Nov 23, 2023: “Amalia, I find that my religiousness is a slowly emergent state, one that is entirely drawn to the Anglican church of my childhood, and that …

Nov 4, 2023: Freshly roasted pumpkin seeds are one of the best things fall has to offer. 🍽

Sep 25, 2023: Finished reading: Laurus by Eugene Vodolazkin 📚 “But is not Christ a general direction? asked the elder. What other kind of direction do you seek? And …

Sep 12, 2023: “Unless my senses deceive me, the old centuries had, and have, powers of their own which mere modernity cannot kill.” - Jonathan Harker’s Journal, …

Sep 6, 2023: Things I learned the hard way: The #2 attachment on my beard trimmer is significantly shorter than the #2 attachment on a Barber’s clippers.

Sep 1, 2023: 🎵 Any release day that includes new music from Slowdive is red letter. everything is alive is gorgeous.

Aug 29, 2023: A fun and nostalgic read from W. David Marx on They Might Be Giants, early-90’s music fandom and the delightful nerdyness of the early days of the …

Aug 24, 2023: Tim Adams on Tom Waits upcoming remastered mid-80’s Trilogy: ‘Waits, he recalls, would never be specific about what he wanted; it would be “play like …

Aug 24, 2023: Alan Jacobs: “It is not true that silence is violence. The mandate to comment, to take a stand, to lend your voice — that is a violence against art. …

Aug 22, 2023: Currently reading: A Short History of the Interpretation of the Bible by Robert M. Grant, David Tracy 📚 “Jesus is not a theologian but the despair of …

Aug 22, 2023: Wyatt Mason/Tom Waits (2017)“We also touched upon Leonard Cohen, who once said, ‘If I knew where the good songs came from I’d go there …

Aug 17, 2023: Richard Brody on the vocational awakening found in a children’s book: ”I learned, through Anatole’s cheese reviews, that, by expressing one’s …

Aug 17, 2023: Olivia Reingold on the surprising power of the cold contact: “These days, everyone says networking is the route to success. But I’ve always been a …

Aug 16, 2023: Periodic Re-Read: The marriage of Heaven and Hell by William Blake 📚

May 26, 2023: 🎵 If you are a pop music fan who might describe their relationship to the most important songs in their life as “spiritual”, I have a …

May 15, 2023: Arthur C. Brooks in The Atlantic: “A good deal of social and political activism is zero-sum, and admits only two possible outcomes: winning or …

Apr 1, 2023: I would wear the hell out of this boygenius t-shirt.

Mar 24, 2023: 🎵Now Listening — Memento Mori by Depeche Mode on Apple Music  This is, without doubt, the most exciting music they’ve released since Ultra. Excellent …

Mar 22, 2023: Just your semi-periodic reminder that this oft-slept-upon gem is one of the best records of the 90’s… and of U2’s career.

Mar 18, 2023: The heavens meet the earth at East Sands.

Mar 17, 2023: This is actually great advice for anyone doing creative/generative work who struggles with perfection paralysis, courtesy of the never boring Willem …

Mar 14, 2023: There is very little that is more satisfying than watching your child prepare for something that causes them significant fear, face into it with …

Mar 14, 2023: Location check in 🗺 — Home for Work ⚒️

Mar 1, 2023: I got a little bit behind on this, but am all caught up and back in the saddle now. Have a listen to my song a day for 2023 playlist.

Feb 22, 2023: Freddie deBoer: I have a niche, a narrow one but big enough for me - a leftist who maintains a commitment to civil liberties and procedural fairness, …

Feb 22, 2023: W. David Marx on what comes next: In order to figure out what happens after the social media era, we need to break out from the binary of (1) the …

Feb 4, 2023: Saturday morning feel. 🎵Now Listening: R.E.M - Sweetness Follows

Jan 25, 2023: Happy Burns Night, friends!

Jan 20, 2023: To Apprehend the Incomprehensible 📚 Robert MacFarlane: “Above all, geology makes explicit challenges to our understanding of time. It giddies the sense of here-and-now. The …

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Jan 20, 2023: Finished reading: Lifting the Veil by Malcolm Guite 📚 A delightful little book from an even more delightful poet/priest, Guite’s brief reading of …

Jan 18, 2023: 🎵 Yesssssssssssssssss! And playing in Glasgow Sept. 23rd. Who’s going with me!?!?!

Jan 17, 2023: Sunset over St Leonard’s Parish Church, 17/1/23

Jan 13, 2023: The Enduring Legacy of David Bowie I hate that Bowie has been gone for 7 years, but I love being reminded of this incredible weekend in 1997 when I became a Bowie fan. I wrote this when …

Jan 11, 2023: Just watched Aftersun. I am undone.

Jan 7, 2023: Inspired by Jason Dettbarn(@endonend) I’ve decided to add one song a day to this playlist for the next year. On occasion, I’ll write about the song I …

Jan 5, 2023: I love Greg Dulli’s voice, The Afghan Whigs are super under-appreciated and this unexpected cover song brings me a great deal of delight.

Jan 1, 2023: Wrapping up our annual holiday viewing tonight.

Dec 31, 2022: 👋Hi y’all! I’m Ben. I’m a PhD student in art and theology, writing about Nick Cave and the power of pop music as a mode of “doing theology”. I’m …

Dec 30, 2022: 16 Years She is more beautiful to me—in every way—today than she was on our wedding day, which, as you can see, is really saying something…

Dec 25, 2022: 🎵Now listening: Christmas - Low on Music.

Dec 25, 2022: 🎵Now Listening: A Charlie Brown Christmas (2022 Mix) - Vince Guaraldi Trio on Music.

Dec 25, 2022: 🎵For your Christmas & New Year listening pleasure! Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas b/w The New Year by achers

Dec 25, 2022:

Dec 25, 2022: With my favourites for Christmas…

Dec 25, 2022: Happiest of Christmas wishes to all!

Dec 13, 2022: Angelo Badalamenti has died His creative collaboration with David Lynch rendered some of the most truly sublime marriages of music and image in the …

Dec 8, 2022: On The Success of Art Again, Sally Rooney: This, to me, is the beauty—we might even say the magic—of the novel as a literary tradition: its ability to involve us …

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Dec 8, 2022: On the Blessed Inevitability of "Misreading" Reader, attend to Sally Rooney: Each reader, of course, encounters their own Ulysses: the one they create for themselves in the act of reading. Every …

Nov 29, 2022: This photo of Nick Cave awkwardly hugging Warren Ellis while holding a copy of Christian Wiman’s My Bright Abyss is so many of my favorite things in …

Nov 25, 2022: Dusk keeps coming earlier in St. Andrews. 26 days to the winter solstice.

Nov 24, 2022: It’s just not really Thanksgiving without homemade garmonbozia.

Nov 17, 2022: Currently reading: How To Think by Alan Jacobs 📚 Deeply insightful, & a pleasure to read. @ayjay, your choice of illustrative quotes from More and …

Nov 17, 2022: I realize that I am pretty predictable, but… I am absolutely loving this listening experience.

Nov 16, 2022: Not always serious, though. Sometimes friendly. Photo credit: Felipe Krause Dornelles

Nov 14, 2022: Serious. Photo credit: Felipe Krause Dornelles

Nov 14, 2022: E&J in B&W, West Sands, St Andrews, Scotland

Nov 11, 2022: This view never really gets old.

Nov 8, 2022: A Writer’s Confession: Robert Burton “And for those other faults of barbarism, Doric dialect, extemporanean style, tautologies, apish imitation, a rhapsody of rags gathered together from …

Nov 7, 2022: 🍰 Caramel Apple Upside-Down Cake, courtesy of Anna Rebecca. Exquisite.

Nov 7, 2022: Mimi Parker Thank you for the music, Mimi Parker.

Nov 7, 2022: “Nothing we do is better than the work of handmind. When mind uses itself without the hands it runs the circle and may go too fast; even speech using …

Nov 6, 2022: I love being part of a family of readers and writers. Anna is reading to us tonight from her latest story, “The Eclipse”.

Oct 18, 2022: Ìsland

Oct 14, 2022: Release Day Quick Takes: The 1975 - Being Funny in a Foreign Language 🎵Now Listening: Being Funny in a Foreign Language First Impression: The 1975 ditch their maximalist tendencies and makes their first album that feels …

Sep 30, 2022: I am increasingly convinced that 7 or 8 tracks is the sweet spot for album length. What are your favourite albums with no more than 8 tracks? 🎵Now …

Sep 23, 2022: So much goodness in this book. #faithhopeandcarnage

Sep 22, 2022: “Life is too damn short, in my opinion, not to be awed.” — Nick Cave

Sep 20, 2022: I can’t lie to you guys. I’m a little bit excited about this one… I mean, scholarly objectivity remains fully intact. But, still… 🤩🔥🤩🔥🤩

Sep 19, 2022: Both at Westminster and at St. George’s in Windsor, the Piper’s Lament was a beautiful and meaningful moment.

Sep 19, 2022: Deeply moved by all the funeral proceedings for E II R today. Grateful to be here in the UK to witness this.

Sep 9, 2022: 🎵Now Listening: doves - the last broadcast

Sep 9, 2022: 🎵Now Listening: Doves - The Last Broadcast i0.wp.com

Sep 4, 2022: The small is the revelation of the great, and this present time is the maturing of eternity. — Karl Rahner

Aug 29, 2022: A beautiful reading of a beautifully Eucharistic poem from the incomparable Emily Dickinson.

Aug 29, 2022: 📷 My traveling companions for the day.

Aug 26, 2022: Edinburgh bound. Crossing the Firth.

Aug 24, 2022: 🎵Listening Now: sunn O))) - Metta, Benevolence BBC6 Live: On the Invitation of Mary Anne Hobbs

Aug 24, 2022: 🎵Listening Now: L’apparition/We Are Not Alone We are not alone… (good news for life…)

Aug 23, 2022: Currently reading: The Insurmountable Darkness of Love by Douglas E. Christie 📚

Aug 21, 2022: Always love an Edinburgh day, especially one spent in the company of Ford Sachsenmaier, and with an opportunity to see Joel Pierson and his incredible …

Aug 21, 2022: “In appearance he must have been like a thin brown leaf dancing eternally before the wind; but in truth it was he that was the wind.” 💬 G.K. …

Aug 20, 2022: 📷 🎵 It’s not Glasgow, but this view along the Lade Braes alway brings to mind this perfect song: A Walk Across the Rooftops by The Blue Nile.

Aug 19, 2022: 📷 Detail on the facade Holy Trinity Church, St Andrews: Christ as the pelican feeding her young with her own blood, sustaining them when they cannot …

Aug 19, 2022: 🎵Listening Now: Just Mustard - Heart Under

Aug 18, 2022: 📷 The True Artist Helps the World by Revealing Mystic Truths (Window or Wall Sign), 1967, Bruce Nauman Taken 2019 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Aug 17, 2022: The Gospel - 1, Iconoclasts - 0 😎

Aug 17, 2022: 📷 Jude’s first day of P7, Greyfriars Primary School

Aug 17, 2022: 📷 Anna Walks Jude to School, Langlands Rd

Aug 17, 2022: 📷 Anna walks Jude to School, Dempster Terrace

Aug 17, 2022: 📷 Anna walking Jude to his first ever day of public school at Greyfriars Primary School. He will do amazing, but his parents are having first day of …

Aug 16, 2022: 📷 Skies Above Lammas, St. Andrews 2022

Aug 16, 2022: This story is amazing. Medical costs in the U.S. are obscene and this is the kind of philanthropic action needed to clear the decks. Nonetheless, this …

Aug 16, 2022: Buechner ‘In his last memoir, in 1999, Mr. Buechner recalled his mother, his brother and his childhood friend, the poet James Merrill, all of whom had died. A …

Aug 15, 2022: Magritte - The Art of Conversation

Aug 15, 2022: Now Listening: Low - Things We Lost in the Fire 🎵

Aug 15, 2022: Currently reading: The Need and the Blessing of Prayer by Karl Rahner SJ 📚

Aug 15, 2022: This absolutely beautiful pressing of one of my favorite records of all time arrived on Saturday. Been waiting a long time for a copy on vinyl and I …