Prepare for Autumn: Read Ray Bradbury

martian chroniclesMy thoughts on Ray Bradbury over at The American Conservative.

Bradbury’s talents also interested the governmental agency set up to destroy the U.S. Constitution in the name of protecting it, the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Demonstrating a level of buffoonery perhaps unprecedented in its history, the FBI opened an ongoing investigation of Bradbury, fearing his literature as subversive and, bizarrely, possibly communist. An informant told the FBI that Bradbury “was probably sympathetic with certain pro-Communist elements.” The evidence? At a meeting of screen writers, some members asked openly whether or not to ostracize members of the Communist Party as well as those who embraced the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution from their discussion. In a not atypical fit of passion, Bradbury stood and shouted at his fellow members, claiming them to be a lot of “Cowards and McCarthyites.”

The Crito (Full Lecture)



One of the greats, to be sure–Socrates in his last moments.

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Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy


Whereas Peter Jackson dumbed down Tolkien, Christopher Nolan made Batman high art.

I can’t let Batman Day pass without some kind of celebration. Here’s my take on Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy–the greatest cinematic achievement of the last 20 years.

In crafting his Batman movies, Nolan pulled together his longtime core development team—his wife, Emma, and his brother, Jonathan—but he also turned to his troupe of actors from previous projects, including Christian Bale and Cillian Murphy. Nolan, though a longtime Batman fan, had never been a collector or reader of comic books, and he concluded that he needed an expert in the original comic book Batman. He wisely turned to David Goyer, an Ann Arbor native, and lifelong comic book fan and writer. Goyer not only had written for DC and Marvel (the two main comic book companies and friendly rivals) but also had written some extraordinary film scripts, such as the Gothic noir dystopia, Dark City (1998), arguably one of most imaginative science-fiction films ever made.

A review of Glass Hammer, Chronomonaut (forthcoming, 2018, Sound Resources). Steve Babb: Bass; Fred Schendel; keyboards; Aaron Raulston, drums; Susie Bodanowicz, vocals; and various guests, guitars and vocals. Glass Hammer’s latest album, Chronomonaut, entices and sparks so much… Read More

Calling Forth Our Best: Glass Hammer’s Chronomonaut — Progarchy

The Virtues and PreSocratics (Full Lecture)

HeraclitusOne of my all-time favorite topics.  Never cease to be amazed by these brilliant and glorious pagans.

Clergy Sexual Abuse Crisis in the Church | Diocese of Lansing

Clergy Sexual Abuse Crisis in the Church | Diocese of Lansing
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I love my bishop. A true man of Christ. Predators, you can run, but you can no longer hide. Justice is coming.

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