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Another Week Ends: Kanye, Mavis, Scalia, Narcissism, Cancer, and A Saintly Smackdown

Another Week Ends: Kanye, Mavis, Scalia, Narcissism, Cancer, and A Saintly Smackdown

Click here to listen to the accompanying episode of The Mockingcast, which features, among other things, Jacob Smith discussing “A Lenten Theology of the Cross”. 

1. Following the release of Kanye’s new album, The Life of Pablo, which dropped on Valentine’s Day, but which is only available on Tidal, many of us find ourselves once again captivated by Yeezus, one of modernity’s greatest cultural antinomians: In his life, Kanye West has broken so many cultural little-l laws (from portraying himself as Jesus on the cover of Rolling Stone to making such a public spectacle as to get name-called by the POTUS)…

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On TV: Checking in with Game of Thrones

On TV: Checking in with Game of Thrones

1. Rolling Stone yesterday published previously unreleased GRRM material, editorial outtakes from an interview with Martin from last week. Among other great material, this gem on low anthropology, followed by a great redemption quote from the published interview, ht AOC:

On the show’s ambiguous line between good and evil:

We see a moral evolution, perhaps, on the part of the human race. But there are collapses and detours, and strange periods of aberration. Remember, we had democracy in ancient Greece. We had a republic in ancient Rome, and yet then somehow for the better part of 2000 years, we forget about those forms of…

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Another Week Ends: Tribal Morality, Passports to Eden, Reflektor, Spufford in the Times, Social Wiring, Hemingway's Granddaughter, Anxious Simpsons, and Heisenberg on Ice

Another Week Ends: Tribal Morality, Passports to Eden, Reflektor, Spufford in the Times, Social Wiring, Hemingway’s Granddaughter, Anxious Simpsons, and Heisenberg on Ice

1. Next week, Harvard psychologist Joshua Greene is slated to release a new book on behavioral morality, examining the everyday irrationalities and subconscious biases that Kahneman, Tversky and company have popularized over the last few decades (aside: are all titles/covers copying Malcolm Gladwell?). A common behavioral problem, the “trolley experiment”, asks people to make a hypothetical decision: if a train cannot brake and is about to run over five people, would you pull a lever that would divert it, but cause it to hit one other person? Many people answer ‘yes’. But take the same scenario, and now you have to…

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The Transfiguration of Robert Zimmerman, or Just a Closer Walk with Dylan

The Transfiguration of Robert Zimmerman, or Just a Closer Walk with Dylan

The recent interview with Bob Dylan in Rolling Stone is, without a doubt, the most fascinating thing I’ve read all year. It’s contentious, sure, but a lot of Dylan interviews are contentious–you know, where you get the sense he’s almost enjoying confounding the interviewer. Or at least not willing to put up with an ounce of nonsense or non-wisdom, especially when it comes to his work and person. For example, reading how Dylan responds when the interviewer, Mikal Gilmore, tries to lure him onto the partisan bandwagon-of-the-month is worth the price of admission alone. In fact, we watch as Dylan’s…

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The (Quasi-)Confessions of Charlie Sheen and John Mayer

The (Quasi-)Confessions of Charlie Sheen and John Mayer

A pair of notorious lotharios have been in the news recently: Charlie Sheen in anticipation of the launch of his new sitcom, the provocatively titled Anger Management, and John Mayer, to promote his new record, Born and Raised. Not surprisingly, both men are being asked to account for their past sins, Sheen for his bizarre 15-month rampage and Mayer for a series of genuinely offensive interviews he gave in 2010. Since these guys are such cultural pariahs/lepers at the moment, they’re also lightning rods for a number of our favorite themes: judgment, self-righteousness, sin, identity, addiction, forgiveness and most pressingly…

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Another Week Ends: Marriage Markets, Foxhole Religion, Reconsidering Jobs, Breaking Bad, The Strokes, Psychopathic Day Traders, Innovation Starvation and The Muppets

Another Week Ends: Marriage Markets, Foxhole Religion, Reconsidering Jobs, Breaking Bad, The Strokes, Psychopathic Day Traders, Innovation Starvation and The Muppets

1. The cover story in this month’s issue of The Atlantic is making some waves, “All The Single Ladies,” in which writer Katie Bolick looks into how the recession is effecting the “marriage market.” Something of an unintentional follow-up to yesterday’s piece on Parenthood, Bolick maintains that the explosion of male joblessness and corresponding ascent of females in pretty much all areas of conventional achievement has made it considerably more difficult for young women to find an appropriate spouse. Again, I’m not positive this isn’t simply some fashionable angle right now, but to the extent that this has to do…

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The Inability to Change Larry David in Any Way

The Inability to Change Larry David in Any Way

I have a conflicted relationship with HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm. I can’t help but respect its no-holds-barred honesty about human self-centeredness, the undeniable gift Larry David has for bringing out the comprehensive absurdity of our attempts to justify our foolishness, the way our little agendas collide those of our loved ones, indeed how the little things in life tend to be the big things when you get down to it. But I’m conflicted because of what it lacks in comparison with his other major creation, Seinfeld. Namely, it lacks a censor. This is not a pious objection (not that there’d…

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Lil Wayne Reads The Bible

Priceless quote from the upcoming Rolling Stone cover story, ht BG:

In prison he read biographies of Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Marvin Gaye, Joan Jett, Vince Lombardi and Anthony Kiedis. “[Kiedis’] Scar Tissue was really good,” he says. “I also read the Bible for the first time. It was deep! I liked the parts where some character was once this, but he ended up being that. Like he’d be dissing Jesus, and then he ends up being a saint. That was cool.”

From The Onion: Fully Validated Kanye West Retires to Quiet Farm in Iowa

From The Onion: Fully Validated Kanye West Retires to Quiet Farm in Iowa

Ridiculously funny/insightful bit in today’s Onion about the dead-end of achievement-based identity formation:

Following the widespread acclaim and media adulation over his latest album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, multimillion-selling recording artist Kanye West announced Wednesday that he had finally received the exact amount of approval he needed to attain and had therefore retired from the entertainment industry to live on a small farm in Iowa.

Though known for his outsized ego and grandstanding lyrics, West said “all of that is over now,” telling reporters outside his remote two-bedroom farmhouse that after years of nonstop public attention, he was now completely…

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(Don't) Take A Look At Me Now: Phil Collins Is Tired of Criticism

(Don’t) Take A Look At Me Now: Phil Collins Is Tired of Criticism

Poor Phil Collins appears to have been having a 2 Cor 3:6a moment in Rolling Stone, and it’s hard not to have compassion for (and maybe a little chuckle at) the guy, regardless of what you think of his music. He sounds like a defeated man, very much ready for 6b. Apparently Tyson’s drum solo in The Hangover did nothing to lift his spirits. And it’s really too bad they haven’t been able to get that Genesis reunion off the ground – it would go a long way in terms of restoring his cred. Not that fulfilling the Law of…

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Keith Richards on Image, Identity and Songwriting

Keith Richards on Image, Identity and Songwriting

A few excerpts of Keith Richards’ new memoir, Life, were published in the recent issue of Rolling Stone. Pretty thoughtful stuff, almost at odds with his, um, image:

I can’t untie the threads of how much I played up to the part that was written for me. I mean the skull ring and the broken tooth and the kohl. Is it half and half? I think in a way your persona, your image, as it used to be known, is like a ball and chain. People think I’m still a junkie. It’s 30 years since I gave up the dope! Image…

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REMINDER: Mini-Conference in Florida! Jan 29-30th

REMINDER: Mini-Conference in Florida! Jan 29-30th

A few more details about the upcoming mini-conference in Pensacola later this month. Our gracious hosts at Christ Church, led by our very own Jeff “Mr Christmas” Hual, have put up an ultra-informative “microsite” about all things conference-related, which you should all visit post-haste. When you do, you will discover a number of exciting facts, including (but not limited to):

1. Our speaker will be the brilliant theologian, professor and writer Dr Mark Mattes, of 2008 NYC Conference fame (not to mention recent Browder interview fame). If our theme (“God’s Grace In A World Of Glory”) sounds familiar, that’s because it…

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