In the summer of 2004, we took all the kids back East to see Boston, Concord, Gettysburg, Mt. Vernon, and Williamsburg.
One day, when we were out searching for a pizza place near Harvard, we walked past a crowd of young guys who didn’t quite know how to handle the prospect of such a large (more…)
“Assuredly, I say to you, among those born of women there has not risen one greater than John the Baptist; but he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.”
You are a piano teacher — the best anywhere really — and suddenly there’s a knock on your door. The two (more…)
Turn the creation story on its head for a moment: Picture a starving Adam, and an emaciated Eve, our first parents, given a stunning garden and just one rule: don’t eat from that tree over there, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Adam and Eve, counter to the (more…)
Some films almost feel as though they deserve a workshop over a review, and Touchy Feely–with its invitation to participate in painfully awkward, claustrophobic family conversations and vast stretches of unexplained premise–certainly qualifies. You don’t wait 20 minutes to understand the story here. You get to wait forever.
Directed by Lynn Shelton, (more…)
If the Iphone were designed by political consultants it would still have a rotary dial, and it would cost $29 — and it wouldn’t do much of anything, because consultants would be careful to assume no customer, ever, can really be talked into, or out of any purchasing predisposition. No one will pay (more…)
Would I be brave enough to do this? Probably — not as a matter of routine, but perhaps for old comrades, those who have endured my hapless attempts at irony…
Call it what you will — Camelot, Emerald City, The Shire, a New Jerusalem — those of us who imagine a great revival and a new Republic imagine a better place that is built, from the ground up, on common assumptions, a law written on the heart. When that really happens, when it’s more than just a passing tent meeting, the physical (more…)