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    Top 10 for 2009

    Top 10 for 2009

    One of the best things about the end of the year are “Best of Lists.” I’m a little late to the game to post my own “Best Albums of 2008″, so I decided to post a “Top 10 Most Anticipated Album Releases for 2009.” In no particular order:

    Kings of Convenience, Quiet IS the New Loud (working title, TBA)
    M. Ward, Hold Time (February 17; the guest collaborations are incredible)
    Neko Case, Middle Cyclone (March 20; the album art is Neko-riffic)
    U2, No…

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    Food for Thought

    “Words were originally magic and to this day words have retained much of their ancient magical power. By words one can make another blissfully happy or drive him to despair….”
    Sigmund Freud in
    Introductory Lectures on Psycho-Analysis

    “There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.”
    Proverbs 12:18

    The Law, Cats and Identity Formation

    The Law, Cats and Identity Formation

    Question: “What is a man’s best friend?”Answer: “Dog.”

    In a few years, this answer may no longer be the correct one. According to an article published in the New York Times earlier in October (click here to read), a growing number of men are bucking the stereotype and unabashedly forging alliances with cats. It looks like the man-dog connection has been an oppressive force limiting the full development of masculine identity. In addition, it has been a source of unnecessary bravado and machismo, a turn off to many women. Commenting on men who own cats,…

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    Dexter.

    Dexter.

    My friends accuse me of having highbrow taste in pop culture. Nothing could be further from the truth. I’m a pop culture junkie—I’ll get my fix anywhere. Yet, I do have my standards and limits. I’m aware, too, that many of them are illogical. For example, I often pass over music bands and TV shows simply because their names do not appeal to me. Without shame, I confess that I would rather listen to Coldplay or Rhianna over My Morning Jacket or Portishead any day of the week. Who cares about critical acclaim…

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    Late June Mix

    “One swallow does not make a summer, neither does one fine day; similarly one day or brief time of happiness does not make a person entirely happy.” — Aristotle

    “This bud of love, by summer’s ripening breath,May prove a beauteous flower when next we meet.”William Shakespeare in Romeo and Juliet, Act 2 scene 2

    Summer is in full swing. Enjoy my homage to the season—the mix is sweat and goes down easy like cotton candy. Caution: it’s also kind of serious!

    “In summer, the song sings itself.” — William Carlos Williams

    1. Boys and Children, Sing for Summer — Those…

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    Mid-May Mix: The Covers

    Mid-May Mix: The Covers

    Every once in a while, I get obsessed with covers: both the good and the bad. Click here to spin/sample/download. I hope you agree with me JoJo isn’t all that bad when someone else sings her songs! Give her music a second chance. You’ll like it!
    1. Faith (George Michael) – The Boy Least Likely To2. This Modern Love (Bloc Party) – Smoosh3. Too Little Too Late (JoJo) – Daniel Rossen4. Cowgirl in the Sand (Neil Young) – Marissa Nadler5. Kid A (Radiohead) – John Mayer6. Ocean of Noise (Arcade Fire) –…

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    Who’s on first, second, third?

    Who’s on first, second, third?

    I came across the following New York Times article today: “Koreans Agog as Off-Screen Soap Becomes Courtroom Drama.” Being of Korean descent, it captured my attention immediately. The article details the affects of the South Korean adultery law, “which prohibits extramarital affairs and can land those found guilty in prison for up to two years.” South Korea is one of the few non-Muslim countries with such a law making adultery punishable with a jail sentence. Who knew?

    As I read the article, I started wondering how to look at the situation in terms of the different uses…

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    Mid-April Playlist

    Spring has arrived, and not a moment too soon. Love and pollen are mixing in the air. The mind and soul are distracted by signs of new life and the fuzzy haze of antihistamines. The melancholy of winter is lingering, while the lazy days of summer are ahead. This playlist says it all for me…

    1. (Crazy For You But) Not that Crazy – The Magnetic Fields2. You Are My Favorite Song – Chris Mills3. Drops In the River – Fleet Foxes4. For Emma – Bon Iver5. Baker Lake – Sera Cahoone6….

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    Not Just Luther: Augustine on the Distinction Between Law and Gospel

    Not Just Luther: Augustine on the Distinction Between Law and Gospel

    Some scholars of the Protestant Reformation fault Martin Luther’s psychological insecurities for his obsession with grace and Christian freedom. The implication being that Luther reinterpreted grace as a means of self-medication and that consequently, we should be skeptical of Luther and other Reformers who advocated the primacy of grace.

    Yet, this is far from the case. The Reformers were not the first! Augustine of Hippo, who predates Luther by over 1,000 years, was hot on the same trail, which led, of course, straight back to the Apostle Paul and Jesus himself. Augustine was adamant that people are completely helpless apart from…

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