Dave Brubeck has a side I hadn’t known about. Gene Veith discusses a bit.
For an unrelated Brubeck moment, see this link.
Some more discussion of trends in higher education, among other things.
Here’s a criticism of the metro-evangelical movement. While there might be something to the criticism, I do think there is a real sense in which much of evangelicalism abandoned the city (at least that has been my experience). Sometimes the pro-city arguments aren’t quite right (Jerusalem is not primarily a symbol for the city, for example), but still…
For a provocative take on the philosophical foundations of political thought, this essay is worth a read. The suggestion that there is a pretty thin philosophical basis for liberalism that is non-totalitarian certainly made me think a bit.
An interesting take on The Life of Pi. Despite the problems mentioned within the post, I liked the book and the film for some of the great insights.
It’s always interesting to see transitions from visionary to skeptic. Here’s a discussion of Jaron Lanier and his turn against the web. Useful as we think of the impact of the web on culture.
Rod Dreher reminds me of why I like Ken Myers and the Mars Hill Journal. Here’s the excerpt he supplies:
CP: Practically speaking, how has the church been too influenced by the broader culture?
Myers: Here’s a small list:
The way in which the dominant role of technology in our lives promotes the deep assumption that we can fix anything;
The way in which proliferating mechanisms of convenience erodes the virtues of patience and longsuffering;
The way in which the elimination of standards of public propriety and manners undermines assumptions about the legitimacy of authority and deference to the communal needs; and
The way in which the high prestige accorded to entertainers creates the conviction that every valuable experience should be entertaining.