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Embracing Ambiguity

24 December 2009 Arts

Recently I was watching an Art 21 episode that featured American photographer Sally Mann. Mann is probably best known for her 8×10 glass plate portraits of her children as they grew up (my personal favorite being “Candy Cigarette” pictured at right). As Mann worked on photographs of rawhide dog bones, she attempted to describe what it was that she loved about the project (which to my art-dumb eyes seemed rather odd). During this interview, Mann said something that really struck me…

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“Why I Write”

24 December 2009 Arts

I have many times sat down to write a fantastic short story or the great American novel with the “work of art” mentality that kills. Every stroke of the pen, every clack of the keyboard is met with ultimate frustration as you begin to measure yourself by the standards of Hemingway, Faulkner, O’Connor, et al. You realize that your genius is insignificant compared to the literary giants that inspire you. As the light of their blazing suns engulfs you, you realize that you are but a candle being jostled by the winds of self-consciousness: “Give up now, Stephen,” the wind says.

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Sound Charity

31 May 2009 Arts

I could not decide whether or not to put this article on Withering Fig, or on sbh*. Due to its spiritual content, I opted for Fig.

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Snape: Good or Bad?

19 July 2007 Arts

OK, the release of the 7th book of the Harry Potter series is on the horizon. So, here is your opportunity to answer that age-old question: Is Severus Snape friend or foe? The wife is utterly convinced that Snape is a good dude. She works in a local dental office, and it appears that no […]

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REVIEW: The Manga Bible by Siku

19 July 2007 Arts

The fine folks at Hodder & Stoughton were kind enough to send me a copy of The Manga Bible: NT—Extreme for review. First, I’d like to apologize to them for taking so long to do this. I see now that the rest of the Bible is out. So, that’s exciting. Essentially, the Manga Bible (see […]

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Rowan Atkinson and the Wedding at Cana

10 May 2007 Arts

Thanks to the NT Gateway for this one! Rowan Atkinson, best known in the U.S. as “Mr. Bean,” appears to have uncovered a new version of John 2 and the story of “The Wedding at Cana.” Most of these interpretations do not appear in the critical apparatus of my Nestle-Aland text. I’d be very interested […]

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Return (live version)

29 March 2007 Arts

It’s been a full three weeks since I last posted here. I apologize profusely for the delay. For the last several days, I’ve been utterly terrified to open my RSS reader to see what might be lurking in there. But, I’m going to do it now…live…right here. … Refreshing Subscriptions … 619 unread messages. I’ll […]

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ThoughtsOnGod

8 March 2007 Arts

ThoughtsOnGod I just want to draw everyone’s attention to a new blog that has been created by my friend, Chris Bressoud. I imagine his focus will be God (hence the title), music (he’s a rocker!) and life in the Boston area. Chris is also a budding amateur photographer. You can see some of his stuff […]

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Codex: Biblical Studies Blogspot » Blog Archive » Judaikitsch: Tefillin Barbie

2 March 2007 Arts

Codex: Biblical Studies Blogspot » Blog Archive » Judaikitsch: Tefillin Barbie Tyler Williams’ post must be seen to be believed.

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Ben Witherington: Rob Bell’s Nooma Videos 1-5

24 February 2007 Arts

Ben Witherington: Rob Bell’s Nooma Videos 1-5 Recently, Ben Witherington has written a few posts about Rob Bell (here and here). Now, Witherington turns his critical eye to Bell’s highly acclaimed NOOMA videos, reviewing the first 5. NOOMA is a short film project featuring Bell: It’s short films with communicators that really speak to us. […]

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