Month of December, 2007

Two things / 2007-12-14

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Well, related to my last post, there's always Dawkins. It's pretty nice, and this is very generous of him:

For better or worse, ours is historically a Christian culture, and children who grow up ignorant of biblical literature are diminished, unable to take literary allusions, actually impoverished. I am no lover of Christianity, and I loathe the annual orgy of waste and reckless reciprocal spending, but I must say I'd rather wish you "Happy Christmas" than "Happy Holiday Season".

On the other hand, I doubt I'll be wishing anyone a good Newtonmas this year...

The bird is the word / 2007-12-13

Thou my lazy heart hast stirred,
Thou, the Father's eternal Word,
Greater than aught
that ear has heard,
Thou tiny bird
Of love, thou Son of Mary.

Little man, and God indeed,
Little and poor, thou
art all we need;
We will follow where thou dost lead,
And we will heed
Our brother, born of Mary.

huh? / 2007-12-12


What? Shouldn't that have been the word of the year in, like, 2001??

Burial / 2007-12-11


This Burial interview is really great. He seems really unsophisticated, at times even naive, which is in a way really refreshing. I think this (coupled with some degree of anonymity) maybe allows him to talk about a lot of aspects of music and society that people might not often really talk about in this kind of interview. It's really touching at times, and I think he manages to evoke in words some of that same feeling that people love in the old UK rave music.