Relearning Music II: Distilling Audiophilia

“Audiophile” is a word the internet uses to describe people who are particular about the quality of audio. Of course, they don’t hand out a certificate or anything, so the term may apply to anyone from a seasoned expert to the sort of person that lives on the Internet, scouring forums and comment sections for new …

Relearning Music I: How I learned to like music again.

  After more than a decade spent on the road playing music, typically surrounded by music on all sides, eating, sleeping and breathing alongside musicians who perform on a nightly basis, who talk about and listen to music daily… I started to hate music. I mean really hate it. There’s a Friends gag (season 1, episode 23, …

I made a podcast…

I started a podcast that I’m really excited about. You Hate Movies is where casual movie goers, film lovers, and cinephiles argue about movies. Each episode features a debate that pits an non-normative, or “unpopular” opinion about a film or film franchise, and pits it against a more traditional viewpoint. Debaters are selected not for their …

Integrity 101: Stop being flaky.

Stop for a moment and join me in a thought exercise. Bring to mind, if you will, every faithful friend you are privileged to reference in your mind’s rolodex. Now, when I say “faithful,” I define it thusly: A friend who, after claiming they will be somewhere or do something (even when said claim is …

10 things I hope every Calvinist understands.

In my many discussions and debates with calvinists (some friendly, some less so) I’ve found myself repeating several simple truths again and again and again. The way many calvinists talk, you’d think some of these facts have never occurred to them. I know I’ve talked and behaved as such more than a couple of times myself. …

Formation Library

A handful of folks have asked me to share a recommended reading list made up of books and authors who have shaped my theology. Hopefully, it goes without saying that even though a certain author (or even specific book) has been formational in my own theology and thinking, it doesn’t necessarily follow that I agree …

How I’ve begun to unplug.

Social media is stupid. Yes, in theory, it can be a useful tool and all that, but let’s be honest: It’s stupid. We both know that (you the reader, and myself). For each sliver of substance one might mine from the monolith of social networking, there is enough vapid, inane, self-obsessed drivel to power all …

On writing: How to finish a book.

          . I’m no Katherine Dunn, Stephen King, or Franz Kafka, but I like to write books. To date I’ve written four novels, a memoir, a children’s book, and will soon finish a draft of my first novella. This, of course, says nothing of the quality of any of those books, …

Nihilism Live – FAQ

If you’ve yet to hear, Patrick, Garrett, and I managed to rope everyone who played on Showbread’s 2004 No Sir, Nihilism is Not Practical album into reuniting for one night to celebrate the record’s 10th birthday. The show, as well as ticket sales, were announced this morning to a mixed reaction of excitement and outrage. While …

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