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Another Year Ends: Best Teacher Ever, Instagram Envy, Tyson on Kierkegaard, Elf Code Origins, Johnny Football, DFW Cobainification, Atheist Gospel

Another Year Ends: Best Teacher Ever, Instagram Envy, Tyson on Kierkegaard, Elf Code Origins, Johnny Football, DFW Cobainification, Atheist Gospel

1. Grab your kleenex, cause here comes the one way love, ht JZ:

2. The NY Times lobbed one straight over the plate last Sunday with “The Agony of Instagram,” a look into “an online culture where the ethic is impress, rather than confess.” It’s fairly one-sided of course–Instagram is just as much an outlet for inspiration and creativity as it is identity curation and law–but still, a few of the soundbites are just too tempting not to reproduce:

For many urban creative professionals these days, it’s not unusual to scroll through one’s Instagram feed and feel suffocated by fabulousness: There’s…

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Mike Tyson and Gang Lighten Up

This is pretty amazing, ht DZ:

Iron Mike is at it again, and this time he’s brought some other hall-of-fame athletes. The short clip beautifully embodies a certain kind of freedom, each according to their own…interesting and sympathetic careers/lives. The root of the commercial’s charm is its candor–each athlete simply doesn’t take themselves very seriously. The sting of their ‘transgression’ is gone. “All is right with the world” indeed, I must say!

Mike Tyson and His Beloved Trainer

Mike Tyson and His Beloved Trainer

If any professional athlete has the gift of gab, it is Mike Tyson. Words have proven to be profoundly significant in his life, from the infamous interviews about his relationships with the women in his life, to cussing out/threatening opponents in press conferences, to his now rather candid reflections on his crazy life in documentaries and stage shows and now his new autobiography. Grantland‘s Jay Caspian Kang’s recent piece on Tyson’s life and career is an extremely thoughtful observation on the complexities which mark Iron Mike’s life. The article especially sheds light on Tyson’s relationship with his former trainer/guardian, Cus…

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Another Week Ends: Flannery Prays, Calvin Outsells Luther, More 'Millenials'-ism, Next-Next-Gen Gaming Consoles (PSILOVU), Backfiring Discipline, Zombie Impressionism and Noah: The Movie

Another Week Ends: Flannery Prays, Calvin Outsells Luther, More ‘Millenials’-ism, Next-Next-Gen Gaming Consoles (PSILOVU), Backfiring Discipline, Zombie Impressionism and Noah: The Movie

1. Well, we knew about Mary Flannery’s early life of training chickens to walk backward (1932); it appears that God marked O’Connor out as different from pretty early on. We remember the short stories of violent grace and brilliant essays, and we even got to read some excerpts from her year-and-a-half-long prayer journal (written while still studying for her MFA at Iowa) in September. Well, three days ago the full work was released, edited by her friend William Sessions, and The New Yorker posted a great review/primer for anyone interested in fiction, O’Connor, prayer, the South, grad school, wooden legs, etc:

She reckoned that her success…

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Mike Tyson Works the Steps

Mike Tyson may honestly be my favorite person in the world. Case in point: the amazing press conference he held last week after making amends with Teddy Atlas. As far as context, Teddy Atlas was a key assistant to Tyson’s trainer/adopted father Cus D’Amato when Tyson was coming up in the early 80s. In 1983, Atlas and the 16 year old Tyson had an altercation after Tyson allegedly harassed an 11 year old female relative of Atlas’s. Atlas put a .38 caliber handgun to Tyson’s ear and told him that he would kill him if he ever touched any member of his family again. The incident led to Atlas’ dismissal from the Catskill Boxing Club, and he was told he was no longer welcome in D’Amato’s home or around any of his adopted children. Cut to 30 years later and a ringside meeting. Talk about a “no spin zone”, ht BJ:

Click here to watch the equally jawdropping follow-up interview. And for more on Step 9 via Seinfeld and our own Grace in Addiction, go here.

Moral Failures, Half-Way Love, and the Wonder of Imputation

Moral Failures, Half-Way Love, and the Wonder of Imputation

Heidelberg Catechism (1563) Question 60:

How are you righteous before God?

Only by true faith in Jesus Christ: that is, although my conscience accuses me, that I have grievously sinned against all the commandments of God, and have never kept any of them, and am still prone always to all evil; yet God, without any merit of mine, of mere grace, grants and imputes to me the perfect satisfaction, righteousness, and holiness of Christ, as if I had never committed nor had any sins, and had myself accomplished all the obedience which Christ has fulfilled for me;

While professional athletes have undeniable talent,…

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Iron Mike Mellows Out

Iron Mike Mellows Out

The mesmerizing jumble of contradictions that is Mike Tyson soldiers on! The NY Times magazine published a treasure trove of soundbites on identity formation/deconstruction last week in their profile, The Suburbanization of Mike Tyson. Mike appears to be turning his back on the glory-culture that’s defined him lo these many years, and doing so with religious vigor. What on the surface might seem like an outside-in approach to self-improvement has to be filtered through the bottoming-out narrative that has long characterized Tyson, reaching its tragic apex with the death of his daughter in 2004. And then there’s his touching relationship…

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Mike Tyson on Mel Gibson

Mike Tyson on Mel Gibson

You may have heard that the planned Mel Gibson cameo in Hangover 2 has been reneged in what appears to be some kind of a Hollywood disciplinary gesture (!). Well, our beloved boxing champ and Hangover star Mike Tyson has officially added his name to the list of dissenters, saying:

“I’m not going to ever in my life point my finger at anyone. I don’t live in a glass house. None of us do. I work with anybody, as long as they’re respectful.” Also: “We all have that guy — a Mel Gibson — in us. We just…

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Mike Tyson: Anonymous Christian?

Mike Tyson: Anonymous Christian?

This one comes to us from Mockingbird’s legendary man-in-Shanghai, Bob Guterma, aka The Gute:

The other night, I was arbitrarily surfing the web and somehow made my way to a Wikiquotes page full of the truth bombs of “Iron” Mike Tyson. While a great many of the quotes were irrelevant (i.e., “Being a champion opens lots of doors—I’d like to get a real estate license, maybe sell insurance.”), I quickly found myself immersed and hanging on every word. When it comes to judgment and love — or at least the devastating effects of a lack of love — this guy…

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Richard Ashcroft Is Ready

After years of flirting with Christianity, it appears that Richard Ashcroft (singer of seminal shoegazing britpop band The Verve) is going public with his faith. The subject of the new single “Are You Ready?”, released under his The United Nations Of Sound moniker, is – you guessed it – the second coming of Christ. Thankfully the song itself rocks, a slightly grittier take on the Northern Soul/Gospel/Groove he’s been pursuing in his solo work. The video cracks me up – sort of a Mike Tyson’s Punchout take on the “Bittersweet Symphony” clip, complete with a Sympathy For the Devil guitar…

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Belated Mockingbird At The Movies: Star Trek, Tyson and The Brothers Bloom

Belated Mockingbird At The Movies: Star Trek, Tyson and The Brothers Bloom

It’s not often that three “summer” movies in a row live up to expectations, let alone surpass them. But that’s exactly what happened this past week in my little world.

1. Star Trek. At this point, I would call myself more of a J.J. Abrams fan than a Star Trek one. And I felt he came through again with this loving re-interpretation of the series. Yes, some of the characterization was a tad formulaic and the villains undercooked (it is Star Trek), but the chemistry among the principal players was undeniable, and the plot had enough “origin-story” charm to keep it…

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