Arts

Your Unique Self by Marc Gafni

There are some books that everyone should read. This book is not one of them. To say that this book would annoy many and offend even more is probably an understatement. Consider the premise: enduring personal spirituality is not about being a good person, saving the world, or even getting into heaven....
October 22nd, 2013 | Arts, Books | Read More

The Well-Balanced World Changer

The Well-Balanced World Changer
Sarah Raymond Cunningham hit the ground running in 2006 with her debut book Dear Church: Letters from a Disillusioned Generation.  Sarah set to voice the frustration, angst, and vulnerable experiences that many of us 20-somethings were needing to speak and hear.  Seven years later, Sarah has published...
October 15th, 2013 | Arts, Books | Read More

Goldfrapp and the Dream of Horses

Goldfrapp and the Dream of Horses
Goldfrapp Tales of Us (Mute) Do you want to know how I can tell that I really like Goldfrapp’s Tales of Us? I get excited every time I hear the firsts hints of melody floating around my headphones on album opener, “Jo.” How often do records do that? In my experience the answer is, “Very seldom.”...
October 8th, 2013 | Music | Read More

Deliberate Mustaches and Unnecessary Racism

Deliberate Mustaches and Unnecessary Racism
Various Artists Turn Me Loose: Outsiders of Old-Time Music (Pawn/Tompkins Square) There is a live performance by Frank Fairfield, playing live for KEXP out of Seattle, on YouTube. In the introduction, the interviewer tries to bait Fairfield a bit, asking him, “Is it true that you weren’t just made...
September 26th, 2013 | Music | Read More

Business Secrets of the Trappist Monks

Business Secrets of the Trappist Monks
Most people I know, across virtually every political, philosophical and economic spectrum, consider faith and business distinct, if not polar opposites. After all, we work on week days and worship (if we do) on Sundays. The schedule most of us live on demonstrates perfectly this divide. But could we...
September 25th, 2013 | Books | Read More

One Subject Many Ways: Apples

One Subject Many Ways: Apples
With the arrival of autumn comes the advent of apples. From apple picking to caramel apples, the fruit has been depicted in its many forms over the centuries. How do you like them apples? Louise Moillon‘s The Fruit and Vegetable Costermonger (1631)   Vincent Van Gogh’s Still Life with...
September 24th, 2013 | Arts, Visual Arts | Read More

Jesus and Baptists and Jews – Oy Vey!

Jesus and Baptists and Jews – Oy Vey!
Some of my all-time favorite people are Jewish: The Marx Brothers. Mel Brooks. Even my Lord and Savior is a Jew. And then, there’s our local rabbi (sort of), Seth Oppenheimer. He is not ordained yet, so he’s always quick to interject a “student-rabbi” correction whenever I introduce him...
September 19th, 2013 | Books | Read More

The Jewish Annotated New Testament

The Jewish Annotated New Testament
The 2012 Presidential election brought to public awareness the terms ‘low information voters’ and ‘high information voters’. Low information voters are those who follow friends, family or tradition in how they vote. High information voters pursue, devour and question as much information as possible....
September 12th, 2013 | Books | Read More

Jazz’s Great Tension

Jazz’s Great Tension
Jazz pivots on the axis of heritage and the innovation. Each new generation of musician must honor the standards to find their unique voice and to graft themselves to the genre’s vast tree. Still, some fear the new generation of aficionados will tire of the nostalgia and forsake jazz altogether...
September 10th, 2013 | Music | Read More

8 Contemporary Syrian Artists to Know

8 Contemporary Syrian Artists to Know
With devastating allegations that the Syrian government was responsible for chemical attacks on more than three hundred of its own citizens this past August and nightly news reports detailing the atrocities of civil war, the world casts its collective eye on Syria. Political pundits and laymen alike...
September 3rd, 2013 | Arts, Visual Arts | Read More