Saturday, October 27, 2012

Missing Camille

I've missed Camille Paglia's work the past couple years since she stopped writing for Salon. Turns out, she's been writing a book call Glittering Images: A Journey Through Art From Ancient Egypt to Star Wars

There's something refreshing about a person who is thoughtful and bold, who does not worry about what is politically correct, and that's what she does. While often not agreeing with her, I enjoy reading her work for this very reason. Listening to someone with whom you don't agree, but who expresses themselves in reasoned, honest ways, keeps one from becoming insular, but also allows one to find common ground. If we always treat those with whom we disagree as "other", then I think we let ourselves become bent out of shape and we lose the ability to relate to our fellow humans. If we claim that we are created in the image of God, then we must not allow this to happen.

Here is link of Camille being interviewed by Glenn Reynolds. They cover art in the U.S., particularly our unique relationship with art, and a bit of politics. At around 15 minutes, it's a fun listen. She also recently wrote an article in the Wall Street Journal titled, How Capitalism Can Save Art.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

How To Be Oneself

Below is a link to a great sermon given by N.T. Wright. It's title refers to Christian character, but really, at it's heart it is about how to be truly human. Sorry for the link, the poster is not allowing embedding. Take 45 minutes to listen. I don't think you'll regret it.
Why Christian Character Matters