Neil Postman’s Famous Comparison of the Prophetic Insights of Orwell vs. Huxley

A good friend of mine has been pestering me to watch Boys State (2020) on Apple TV for weeks. I finally got around to starting it, but haven't yet finished it. Seems good so far. In any case, within the first few minutes there are a couple quotations that sparked my interest. There's one that …

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This Will All Make Sense When I’m Older

I know I should be rather ashamed to admit this, but here goes: Despite being a grown man in my mid-thirties with no kids, I have now watched Frozen II multiple times in the past month—along with a 6-episode documentary on the making of Frozen II—and I have thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. I’m …

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Thank You, Anne Applebaum: Why Coexistence Is a Better Definition of “Unity” than Bipartisanship

Much to the chagrin and disdain of the far left, President Biden loves to talk about “unity.” In this time of great peril and political division, he both ran as a “unity” candidate and is now trying to govern as a “unity” president. In his inaugural address, he mentioned “unity” eight times and made it …

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The Surprisingly Interesting History of Winter Landscape Painting, Pt. 4/4: 1930-2020

Phew! I'm finally "finished". I hope you enjoyed parts 1, 2, 3. I’m actually continuing to update those earlier sections with some new discoveries, but I'm basically done. I hope you enjoy this last section. It was a bit of a challenge—mainly because there's so much art being made these days but it's not organized into clear-cut …

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Slouching Towards Bethlehem, a “Podcast”: Episode 2

Over the last weekend, I hopped on Skype again with my buddies Geoff, Jonny, and Kyle and recorded another episode of our "podcast" — still under the current working title “Slouching Towards Bethlehem,” a nod to Yeats’ “The Second Coming.” I want to strenuously reiterate: None of us have ever made a "podcast" before and …

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The Surprisingly Interesting History of Winter Landscape Painting, Pt. 3/4: 1900-1930

Yeah! [Winter] really is beautiful, isn't it? But it's so white. You know, how about a little color? I'm thinking like maybe some crimson, chartreuse. How about yellow? -- Olaf, in Frozen (2013) Hello again! I hope you enjoyed parts 1 and 2 of this monumental and slightly insane 4-part series on winter landscape painting. …

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40 of My Favorite African-American Spirituals, Folk, and Freedom Songs

My soul look back and wonder How did I make it over -- Mahalia Jackson, "How I Got Over" Y’all, I know it may be strange for me to say as a half-American middle-class white kid in 2021—and I hope it doesn’t conjure images of Craig in that classic “Juneteenth” episode of Atlanta—but one of …

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More from MLK’s “Beyond Vietnam” Speech

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at an antiwar demonstration in New York in April 1967, with Dr. Benjamin Spock to his right. In my previous post I linked the little reflection I wrote to commemorate MLK Day. In that reflection, I referenced a famous antiwar speech MLK gave late in his life—the “Beyond …

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Reflections on Another MLK Day, Past Posts for Mbird, Foxes vs. Hedgehogs, and a Partial Apology of Sorts

We must speak with all the humility that is appropriate to our limited vision, but we must speak.– Martin Luther King, Jr., “Beyond Vietnam” Hey folks! I hope you all had a good long weekend (if it applies) and are generally doing well these days. I can’t believe we’ve finally reached the last full day …

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The Surprisingly Interesting History of Winter Landscape Painting, Pt. 2/4: 1870-1900

Hey folks! I hope you enjoyed part 1 of this 4-part series from a couple days ago. I've now finished compiling part 2. I'm going to go ahead and repost most of my introduction from the first post providing some background for this weird project. The paintings follow. Here you go: [M]y latest obsession—as odd …

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