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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