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NYC Preview: National Lampoon: Stephen Colbert and Ancient Pulpit of Satire

NYC Preview: National Lampoon: Stephen Colbert and Ancient Pulpit of Satire

Satire is a sort of glass, wherein beholders do generally discover everybody’s face but their own.  –Jonathan Swift

He told them, “The secret of the kingdom of God has been given to you. But to those on the outside everything is said in parables so that, “‘they may be ever seeing but never perceiving, and ever hearing but never understanding; otherwise they might turn and be forgiven!’” (Mk 4.11-12)

In a Google Talk in 2012, Stephen Colbert spoke (without his character) on the nature of satire, specifically his kind of satire, and the intended “clanging against the world”…

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Self Portraits Coram Deo: The Poetry of Brad Davis (A Conference Breakout Preview)

Self Portraits Coram Deo: The Poetry of Brad Davis (A Conference Breakout Preview)

Mockingbird’s 5th annual New York City Conference is a week away and we are honored to present, during Session C of Friday’s breakout sessions, the poet Brad Davis, who will be reading from his new collection of poems, Self Portrait w/ Disposable Camera (as well as his inspired Opening King David collection, which we’ve highlighted on here before). An accomplished poet, Davis’ poems in this new collection have been published in such journals as the Paris Review, Image, Poetry, and the Michigan Quarterly Review. Davis has an indelible fixation on the confessional moments of Coram Deo, the presence of God…

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"How Did You Find Me Here?": American Music's Love-Laden Legacy (A Conference Breakout Primer)

“How Did You Find Me Here?”: American Music’s Love-Laden Legacy (A Conference Breakout Primer)

“200-proof lovin’ is all the proof I need.” –Jason & The Scorchers

One of Mockingbird’s deepest wells is the life-giving fount flowing from all forms of American music, from Elvis to Johnny to Michael to Axl. From the folk-lineaged prophecies to the jukebox-empty-bar country confessional to the anthemic rock-throb of a power ballad, to the synthy-moog-loving distortions of desire, American music has had a something in common, and it’s why we can’t help but keep writing about it, looking to it, singing it in our cars. It’s not that it just so happens to be what we love to listen to,…

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The full schedule for our Spring Conference is now up on the conference site! We could not be more excited about how the breakout sessions have come together – we’ve even added a third slate this year. In fact, we’re so excited that we’ve decided to cut the pre-registration fee for those who register online between now and March 20th. Simply select the “All-Inclusive Early Bird rate” which costs the same as the student one – $100/person or $150/couple – and includes meals. We will be getting in touch with those who are already registered to see if they would like to take advantage retrospectively. Again, this offer will expire on March 20th and only applies to web registrations. What are you waiting for?

Morning Breakout Sessions – 10:45am-12:00pm

  1. Grace in (Sexual) Addiction: Honesty and Freedom in a Cyber-Connected World – Jay Haug
  2. Mockingbird at the Movies: Hollywood’s Love Affair with Love – Nick Lannon
  3. These Pretzels Are Making Me Thirsty: Human Nature, Humor and Seinfeld – David Zahl
  4. This American Gospel: Public Radio Parables and the Honesty of God – Ethan Richardson

Afternoon Breakout Sessions I – 2:30-3:30pm

  1. Disarming Parenthood: Love and Forgiveness with Young Children – Melina Smith
  2. How Did You Find Me Here? Fear and Rescue in American Music – Ethan Richardson
  3. Light When All Is Dark: Depression, Mental Illness, and Christian Hope – Kathryn Greene McCreight
  4. What Would Don Draper Do (to Eric Taylor)? Downward Mobility and Grace in Mad Men and Friday Night Lights – RJ Heijmen

Afternoon Breakout Sessions II – 3:30-4:30pm

  1. The Future of the Gospel: A Theological Discussion with Michael Horton – Jady Koch
  2. Grace in (Sexual) Addiction, Take 2: Honesty and Freedom in a Cyber-Connected World – Jay Haug
  3. CORAM DEO: An ‘umble Poetry Reading and Discussion – Brad Davis

In addition, we are finalizing the details of a PZ’s Podcast reception (with the Man Himself), which will likely take place on Friday evening. Bios and previews coming soon.