Monthly Archives: January 2011

And If You Ever Make It to Ten, You Won’t Make It Again

The Decemberists, The King Is Dead – The king might be dead, but I suppose their career isn’t, since the album was number one on some chart or other. It’s been a while since I was really into the Decemberists; … Continue reading

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Put the Book Back on the Shelf

Belle and Sebastian: Just a Modern Rock Story, by Paul Whitelaw – This book details the career of the Scottish band from their formation until the time it was written, when Dear Catastrophe Waitress was their newest album. It was … Continue reading

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Calvin and the Gypped Monks

We now turn to John Calvin, another member of the elite squadron of Protestant reformers. Okay, to present them as a squadron isn’t really fair, since they didn’t agree on a whole lot (Calvin sided with Zwingli over Luther on … Continue reading

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Crocodile, with the Jaded Jealous Smile

Considering all the craziness going out in Egypt as of late, I thought it would be appropriate to highlight an Egyptian deity this week. I have to suspect it’s Set who’s behind the whole thing, what with his being the … Continue reading

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Reading Silverman

The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee, by Sarah Silverman – I like Sarah Silverman, and I’m not generally a fan of poop jokes. I think it might be a little different with her, because: 1) she’s certainly capable … Continue reading

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Everything’s Coming Up Ojo

In The Patchwork Girl of Oz, L. Frank Baum introduces his fourth boy protagonist to the Oz series, Ojo the Unlucky. He’s not really a stereotypically boyish boy, but instead rather solemn and insecure, with a tendency to break out … Continue reading

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What the Devil?

After posts like this and this, I think it’s safe to say that I am interested in the character of the Devil. Mind you, a large part of that fascination is with how anyone could possibly believe in such a … Continue reading

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It Don’t Mean a Thingli If It Ain’t Got That Zwingli

I’ve already written about Martin Luther, and I’m sure I’ll get to John Calvin in due course (quite possibly next week), but today I’m focusing on the Protestant reformer who doesn’t get as much attention, perhaps because his name is … Continue reading

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Authentic Calypso

Seeing as how I finished the Odyssey this week, I figured my mythology post should be related to the epic poem. I’ve actually already touched on much of it, but even though I’ve previously discussed nymphs in general, I haven’t … Continue reading

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Tangled Up in Blonde

Tangled – I still can’t get used to the computer animation when it comes to people. They come across looking like plastic toys. Attractive and expressive plastic toys in this particular case, but somewhat plastic all the same. That said, … Continue reading

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