Difficulties in Preaching

I am over-caffeinated in an impeccably designed coffee shop listening to its pop music. (Have you noticed how pop music has taken on a kind of grandiose, apocalyptic sound of late? As if all its singers were dying for love in a dark, brooding technoscape? I’ve...

The World and its Vicious Appetites

Humans are those kind of animals who are not content to mate, eat, drink, and otherwise whittle away existence by taking care of their natural appetites. When these appetites are filled, other animals fall asleep. Mankind alone gets up to build altars, start wars, and...

Catholicism > Globalism

When I was ten-ish, my family was stationed in Germany. Being “stationed” makes it sound like the United States Army hired me and my five siblings to sit tight in a bunker and scan the horizon for the return of the Nazi Threat. In fact, only my father was...

porn in the #metoo era

One of the more brilliant parts of the MeToo moment has been its emphasis on the fact that not all “consent” is freely given. A person can “consent” to a sexual advance on the basis of a disparity in power between themselves and the advancer — the...

Offerings Review Part One

I wanted to review Typhoon’s new record, Offerings, when it came out last year. I wanted the review to be hip and short. But Offerings predicts the apocalypse. Hip and short reviews of apocalypse-predictions only work if the reviewer is being dismissive — and I...