Monthly Archives: June 2012

Portal Fantasies – Nadal Loses, Italy Wins

Judging by the Supreme Court’s Obamacare decision and the defeats of Rafael Nadal and the German soccer team, the world passed through a strange portal this past Thursday.

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Supremes’ Obamacare Decision, The Film

Yesterday’s Supreme Court decision upholding Obamacare had all the makings of a Hollywood thriller.

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Walking a Pilgrimage, Rediscovering Trees

Walking El Camino de Santiago, a friend discovered the healing power described by David Lodge in “Therapy.”

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Lonesome Dove & Rightwing Texas Politics

Larry McMurtry identifies the looming Texas identity crisis that has to libertarian and Tea Party acting out.

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High Art, Low Art, and Murakami

Murakami’s “1Q84″ seamlessly moves between high art and pop culture, complicating the issue of guilty reading pleasures.

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“100 Years of Solitude” vs. United Fruit

In a battle between Garcia Marquez’s “100 Years of Solitude” and the corporate behemoth United Fruit, the novel ultimately won.

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Acknowledging the Mysteries of Creation

Novelist Marilynne Robinson takes to task both narrow-minded scientists and narrow-minded believers and holds up fiction as a powerful road to truth.

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“Hunger Games” a Key to LeBron’s Win

LeBron James may love “The Hunger Games” because he sees in it his own struggles with the NBA.

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Austen, Gothic Horrors, and Husbands

The 2007 Masterpiece Theater version of “Northanger Abbey” plugs into themes uncovered by 20th century feminists.

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Moments of Perfection in the Sun

Scott Bates’s “The Perfect Toad” may be a fable about peak experiences.

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Don’t Underestimate Midsummer Madness

The summer solstice and Shakespeare’s famous play appear sentimental to us today. They were not always so.

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Yeats and a Prayer for My Granddaughter

Yeats’s “Prayer for My Daughter” has questionable sexual politics but points to deep truths.

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To Esmé and Alban with Love (No Squalor)

With names from Salinger and Blake, my two new grandchildren have promising destinies.

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Theological Clerihews – Heaven & Mirth

The clerihew form can wittily articulate major theological questions.

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Epic Poetry, King James Version

Through his nickname, Lebron James invites associations with the King James Version of the Bible.

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Men in Black 3 Embraces the Sixties

The latest “Men in Black” films takes for granted a diverse and multicultural world, set in motion by the 1960’s.

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Mitt Romney and Looking Glass Politics

To understand Mitt Romney’s lying, look not to “Pinocchio” but to “Alice through the Looking Glass.”

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Destructive Grieving for a Lost America

Grieving for a lost America reaches deep across the political spectrum, “Beowulf” provides a healthy response.

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Depressed about Politics? Read Whitman

Marilynne Robinson turns to Whitman to argue that American Democracy’s greatness lies in how it honors the individual soul.

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New Laureate Wrestles with Mixed Race

New poet laureate Natasha Trethewey describes herself floundering in her racial identity.

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Oh! For a Closer Walk with God 


William Cowper understands the depressed ache of emptiness, which intensifies his longing for the Holy Spirit.

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Tennis: Understand Your Desire to Win

Robert Pinsky has written a tennis poem that dispenses useful advice.

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Do Not Go Gently; Go Like Judy Dench

Judy Dench has become our current go-to actress for dignified old age.

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Political Extremism and Literary Classics

Hints of David Mamet’s and Ray Bradbury’s rightwing extremism can be found in their best known works.

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Fantasy to the Rescue in Hard Times

Byatt’s book “The Children’s Hour” demonstrates many of the uses of fantasy.

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Literary Reflections on QEII’s Coronation

A. S. Byatt points to the renewal symbolism that Britain found in the the coronation of Queen Elizabeth 60 years ago.

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Obama – Guilty of Hemingway Grandiosity?

Maureen Down is accusing Obama of the grandiosity of Hemingway and the detachment of Walker Percy’s moviegoer.

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Father, Son, Holy Spirit – A Story for Each

Can different members of the Holy Trinity be seen to shape different narratives?

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Rajon Rondo, Glorious in Defeat

Rajon Rondo’s remarkable but ultimately wasted performance against the Miami Heat is like William Wallace’s glorious defeat in “The Scottish Chiefs.”

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A Film about a Teacher Taking Chances

“Monsieur Lazar” is a film about real learning, which sometimes can only happen in spite of school regulations.

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