Archive: Feb 2008



David Archuleta (or, Ratatouille Meets American Idol)

By Randall Goodgame

Tuesday night my wife and I watched American Idol on our DVR. We fast-forwarded full speed through the commercials and Ryan Seacrest’s Mary Poppins perfect delivery, and wondered aloud how all that Read More ›

The Settling of Snow

By Eric Peters

I am unsettled today. Between the pauses in snowfall, briskly three-dimensional and aloof, I sense a strange lag inside my own skin. Just now, I feel foreign to my space in the world. I am weary of winter and Read More ›

The Fire of Fleshly Effort or the Fire of Jesus

By Ron Block

Isaiah 50:10-11, “Who is among you that feareth the Lord, that obeyeth the voice of his servant, that walketh in darkness, and hath no light? Let him trust in the name of the Lord, and stay upon his God.” Read More ›

Why Radiohead?

By Matt Conner

In Rainbows was it for me. The (over)hyped release of Radiohead’s latest masterpiece was so far beyond any other release I heard last year that I dubbed it #1 on the Top Ten I had to write for several Read More ›

The Hard Part (III)

By Pete Peterson

One sweet day I’m going to have a lot of friends who are literary agents and I’m going to make them send me specifically formatted letters every time they want to speak to me or ask to borrow my bundt pan. Of Read More ›

The Artist’s Intent

By Matt Conner

“I think writers with actual intentions generally end up saying things they already thought they knew, and I’m not much interested in reducing my vocation as a poet to something like propagandist. I write poems Read More ›

No Country for Old Men

By Pete Peterson

“You can say it’s my job to fight [evil] but I don’t know what it is anymore. More than that, I don’t want to know. A man would have to put his soul at hazard. He would have to say, okay, I’ll be part of this world.” Read More ›

The Zoo We Live In

By Eric Peters

Through a glorious but all too brief break in the typical winter weather pattern here in middle Tennessee, I took my family to the Nashville Zoo yesterday. Sunny skies, temperatures a balmy 60-degrees, we loaded Read More ›

Measuring Art’s Value?

By Matt Conner

Good, beautiful and true. Those are the three words the interview subject told me, the interviewer, were the standards for meaningful art. Those are the words that he used to measure art and its value. Of Read More ›

A House on the Rock

By Ron Block

In most churches there’s a lot of “Lord, come down and bless us with your presence” rather than taking Jesus at His word: “Where two or more are gathered in My name, there am I in the midst of them.” Fact. Read More ›

Confessions of a Silver-Tongued Devil

By Curt McLey

It’s a little sad, but I’ve had to learn to selectively muffle my enthusiasm with family and friends when it comes to music and movies that move me. Sometimes I fear I’m pushing too hard. Sometimes I wonder, Read More ›

Orderly Creativity?

By Matt Conner

“Be regular and orderly in your life so that you may be violent and original in your work.” Gustave Flaubert Read More ›