book | Jameson on Hegel

"As for life, Hegel's version of it, pre-Darwinian as it is, is probably far too metaphysical and epistemological (highest form of the unity of subject and object) to be much interest for us today. Still we might give Hegel credit for the first timid step in the direction of that vitalism which, a mighty stream from Nietzsche and Tolstoy through D.H. Lawrence to Deleuze, has been so energizing a worldview (which is to say, ideology) in contemporary thought."

--Fredric Jameson, The Hegel Variations, 2.


quote | On Patience

"Hence the importance of patience in the New Testament, which becomes the basic constituent of Christianity, more central even than humility: the power to wait, to persevere, to hold out, to endure to the end, not to transcend one's own limitations, not to force issues by playing the hero or the titan, but to practice the virtue that lies beyond heroism, the meekness of the Lamb which is led."

-Hans Urs von Balthasar, A Theology of History, 36-37.


podcast | Check Out Lexicon Valley

Just started listening to the Lexicon Valley podcast on the advice of a friend. Good advice! Check it out if you like words, language, and nerdiness.

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thought | Billy Graham's Legacy Not Worth Celebrating

I don't want to be a curmudgeon nor dwell long on the topic, but I think the following worth saying particularly because it is hard to say when an old man, who has been revered, is being celebrated.

I don't think Billy Graham's legacy is worth celebrating. We do agree, though, when Graham laments not having studied more. Theological training is not a magic bullet, clearly, but like other things that hold out the possibility of helping with historical and theological myopia, it may have saved us from Graham's seemingly rudderless Christianity, the conservatism of which only served to conserve the ideology of the decade in which he found himself. Pointing out the impact of a figure like Graham, does not make the means or message appropriate, advisable, or even, on the whole, salutary. He may have been an instrument that God used to change individual people's lives in beneficial ways, but that fact doesn't prevent evaluation of a legacy as a whole.


music | Review: Okkervil River - The Silver Gymnasium

Okkervil River - The Silver Gymnasium
Review: She was a whirlwind and then we met years later. Now wearing subdued hues, bluster was a whisper, claws manicured. A deep breath, sure, but I miss picking the straw from my hair.

Translation: A few of the tracks seem domesticated or over-produced, but it's a pleasant visit to Okkervil River. The Silver Gymnasium is a more-accessible, less-twisted stop in Okkervil's oeuvre. Put any track on another Okkervil album and I probably love it. As an album, however, I want a little more bluster.