American Soundings

The Eucharist gives us innumerable gifts, but we may think of its power especially in terms of three.
December 4, 2013
It’s not clear whether Walt will violently lose his life in the Breaking Bad finale. It is bitter irony and justice that he will lose his family.
September 28, 2013
Terrence Malick has become the psalmist of film. His characters continually ask the fundamental questions of theological pursuit.
June 21, 2013
One of the premier pleasures of reading is finding a new author. I recently discovered George Saunders's comic touch and sympathetic characters.
May 24, 2013
When I cling to anxieties or resentments, my whole body is like a clenched fist. Contemplative prayer requires unclenching it.
April 25, 2013
Multitasking is marked by a sustained sense of urgency in a world mediated by communication devices. Puttering is something different.
March 22, 2013
Filmmakers often defend cinematic violence by drawing a line between entertainment and the real world. But this devalues their work.
February 27, 2013
I work remotely, out of my home office. As such I am dependent on the smooth and ready operation of computer equipment. Recently I encountered some hitches.
January 4, 2013
The Gideon Bible treats the Bible as comfort food. But a diet of the Bible consists of conflict and confrontation.
December 7, 2012