Well folks, the time has finally come for me to bid you adieu. I have been running a blog called The Erstwhile Philistine for close to a decade now, first via Blogspot and now on WordPress. It has been an incredible ride, with plenty of twists and turns and hopefully not too many dead ends. […]Read more "Closing Up Shop, or The Erstwhile Erstwhile Philistine"
Last night provided me with the rare opportunity (in an age where repertory screenings have dwindled, especially outside major markets) to see a film I love in an actual theater. Columbia’s excellent local indie theater, in conjunction with a nearby church, have started a film series for the month of July centered around films about food. […]Read more "Babette’s Feast and the Uselessness of Grace: A Eulogy for The Dissolve"
I try not to get too upset about the vagaries of the culture industry, even when “best practices” extend to include abhorrent customs like the continuation of classic works by other authors. I never read these works, because they seem not only almost always terrible, but entirely useless. Other than in the case of when […]Read more "David Benedictus Deserves to Have a Milne-stone Tied Around His Neck"
I have an embarrassing confession to make for someone with my pretensions to being cultured: I listen to a lot of top 40 radio. Like, tons. I’m more likely to be listening to my local mix station than NPR, even when classical music is on. As a lifelong cellist this is especially scandalous. I don’t […]Read more "Fish in a Barrel: Special “Worst Song of 2014 Crapathon” Edition"
I spent this past weekend in Waco attending Baylor’s Symposium on Faith & Culture, where I presented a paper, and heard many other good ones. The topic this year, Faith & Film, was of course right up my alley, and I’m glad I got the chance to participate. The added bonus of going to a […]Read more "Take Shelter and the Shame of Mental Illness"
This post involves a close reading of the recent film Calvary by John Michael McDonagh. Of necessity I will be discussing some plot points that could be considered SPOILERS. In my opinion this is a film where the journey is more than the sum of the twists, but if you want to walk in with ignorance preserved, […]Read more "Teach Us To Die: The Holy Week Structure of John Michael McDonagh’s Calvary"
Editor’s Note – this post originated as a status I put up on Facebook. Though I feel social injustice deeply, I rarely speak up about it, for a complex set of reasons. I feel like the line between valuable contribution and self promotion is a thin one, and I hate the idea of winding up […]Read more "Some Inadequate Thoughts on Ferguson"