Archive for July, 2009

“Astonishingly creative life”

Posted in music on July 31, 2009 by Jonathan

Paul McCartney is 67 and, according to Kyle Smith, still a blast to see in concert. (A fact that I can attest to, as I saw him perform a fantastic show in Seattle a couple years back.)

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Damon and Zinn and American sin

Posted in books, television on July 29, 2009 by Jonathan

Matt Damon, long a fan of not-big-on-America historian Howard Zinn, is involved with an upcoming History Channel project based on Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States. I was never assigned A People’s History in school, but from what I gather its argument is this: White men are bad, everyone else is much better. (The blog Warming Glow, linked to above, has a similar summary of the book.)

But although I’ve never cracked open Zinn’s book, I have read quite a bit of Paul Johnson’s A History of the American People. Much recommended.

(Hat Tip: Jonah Goldberg)

Quote of the day

Posted in other on July 29, 2009 by Jonathan

I can only wallow in the exquisite comfort of my own exactitude.

— G. K. Chesterton, The Man Who Was Thursday

Bible defaced in British gallery — Christian mobs yet to threaten death to infidels

Posted in culture, religion with tags , on July 29, 2009 by Jonathan

A museum in Glasgow had an exhibit in which the public was allowed to write annotations in the margins of a Bible in the hope of making the book “more inclusive.” You can probably guess what happened from there:

“This is all sexist pish, so disregard it all,” wrote one person, while another described the Bible as “the biggest lie in human history” and a third wrote: “Mick Jagger and David Bowie belong in here.”

On the first page of Genesis, the first book of the Bible, someone had written: “I am Bi, Female and Proud. I want no god who is disappointed in this.”

It takes few brain cells to know that such commentary would never have happened were the book the Koran instead of the Bible, in which case I doubt that that last scribbler would have openly proclaimed her pride in being a female of dubious sexual orientation across the pages of Mohammad. In fact, I’m sure all the scribblers would have held back their pens, even if David Bowie does belong in the Koran.

It’s odd how inheritors of Christianity —  which includes Europe, they’d be shocked to know — criticize the religion that has enabled them to have the sort of civilization they live in. On the other hand, I predict a resurgence in popularity among Christian denominations in the coming years throughout Europe, thanks in no small part to the intrepid Africans and Asians journeying there to evangelize to the masses.

Thoughts from Crouch

Posted in culture on July 28, 2009 by Jonathan

Stanley Crouch on the Professor Yo Mama affair:

Neither the President nor Attorney General Eric Holder nor the growing chorus of outraged academics and any other black professionals apparently so upset about the Gates incident have anything to say about the terror experienced in black communities each day. But then they never do.

Things that aren’t quirky anymore

Posted in movies on July 28, 2009 by Jonathan

In movies, that is. NPR has a list of quirks that have become utterly unquirky, not to mention tiresome, in film. Not sure if I agree with them all, but among them:

An unusual transportation method (scooter, tricycle, Segway, roller skates)

Being followed around by an omniscient narrator

Obsessive fear of the government

Having a strangely hypnotic way with children

Read the rest.

Hat tip: IMDB

“Bill Gates just bought Azerbaijan!”

Posted in other on July 28, 2009 by Jonathan

Cultural Offering found Bill Gates’s Facebook page.