The devotional lyric has been adapted for various artistic explorations. This generous collection includes selections of the form that invoke, praise, beseech, ridicule or abandon faith. The selections range from seventh-century versions of Hebrew psalms, to stirring 18th-century hymns, to atheistic and ironic 21st-century poems.
How many gadgets are de rigueur these days? I’m considering upgrading from my “dumb phone” to a smart phone, and I’m tempted to try an e-reader. At the same time, I’m troubled by the unspoken reality: we gadget people are an elite minority, a society of first-world people who have access to a network and its benefits that others don’t have. Or do we really believe that the entire world will soon be “like us,” connected into one happy progressively social network?