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I Sing the Body Electric

In 1980, I saw the movie Fame with a friend of mine.  It was a rainy fall evening in downtown Minneapolis, somewhere in one of the huge old theaters on Hennepin Avenue.  My friend, a Romanian émigré I had met … Continue reading

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Thelonious Monk and the Vonnegut Brothers

This morning, I heard on the radio the story of Thelonious Monk, a young man who died, shot to death, in Baltimore. I know about him only because NPR ran a story this morning, and NPR ran the story this … Continue reading

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Spoon River Anthology

The other day, on my way somewhere by car, I heard an NPR article on  Spoon River Anthology, a collection of poems first published in 1915 by Edgar Lee Masters.  Not mentioned by NPR was that for some years, Masters, … Continue reading

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Of Books and Sandwiches

In this week’s New Yorker, George Packer has an article speculating on whether Amazon is good for books. Let me be clear on this.  I think Amazon is great for books.  I’m particularly a fan of the Kindle Paperwhite, which … Continue reading

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I Don’t Believe in Miracles

In the church I belong to, every first Sunday is a “Fast and Testimony Meeting.”  That means, among other things, that members go up to the stand/pulpit and testify of their belief in Jesus Christ, or (typically) that the Church … Continue reading

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Losing My Religion

I heard a program on the Catholic charismatic movement this morning on NPR.  The segment said something like 33% of Hispanic Catholics identify as charismatic, compared to 10% of non-Hispanic Catholics. Charismatic Christians believe they have a special relationship with … Continue reading

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Chautauqua: Wherein Phaedrus Misunderstands Zealotry

I’m still moving slowly through the book, taking time to read other things too.  But something I came across requires comment. When I first read Zen & the Art, I was in my third year of college, and emerging from … Continue reading

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