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Maclin Horton
Fairhope, Alabama [email: my first name followed by a period followed by my last name at gmail.com]
Victor Hugo said "50 is the youth of old age." Now it's 60, I think.
Interests: music, literature, film, politics., catholic spirituality and doctrine
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I'm once again digging into my old music posts for this series. This one is from July of 2004, only seven months into the life of this site. Before deciding to post this, I listened to the album for the first time in quite a few years, and would not... Continue reading
Posted 12 hours ago at Light On Dark Water
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Some months ago The New Criterion offered a look back at Kenneth Clark's old BBC documentary Civilization. I had never seen it, though I vaguely remembered hearing of it. In 1969 when it first appeared I was in college and rarely caught so much as a glimpse of a television.... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Light On Dark Water
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Kate Bush’s Hounds of Love: A Deeper Understanding (Fair use, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1150912) She’s a flower of the mountain. I see only see her face, framed by hair the color of chestnuts. Full red lips blossom into a smile, eyes full of stars. We do not touch, but warmth fills my heart... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Light On Dark Water
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I suppose Fr. Antonio Spadaro, S.J. and his co-writer, Marcelo Figueroa, thought "ecumenism of hate" was a clever turn of phrase. They were wrong. It is unjust and seems to be malicious, though perhaps less malicious than ignorant. The article as a whole (I assume you've heard about it, it's... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2017 at Light On Dark Water
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(By Source, Fair use) A couple of weeks ago when I wrote about Disintegration I mentioned that it comes in second behind this album for the Saddest Pop Album Ever award. I had not heard it for maybe ten years when I wrote that, but now, having listened to it... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2017 at Light On Dark Water
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Johnson said of Paradise Lost that "No one ever wished it longer." I can't give my opinion on that, since I've never read more than excerpts from it. But on the basis of those I suspect I'd agree. And by that standard I would have to rate J.R.R. Tolkien's Lay... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2017 at Light On Dark Water
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Back in the early 80’s when I first started paying attention to the post-punk/new wave scene, mostly via college radio, The Comsat Angels were a frequently mentioned band among others like Joy Division, U2, and The Teardrop Explodes. Although I heard of them often back then I can’t say I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2017 at Light On Dark Water
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My view of the current political-cultural situation in the U.S. is unquestionably somewhat dark. It always has been. I'm a pessimist by nature; I was born this way. But is it darker than it was ten years ago, as Quite Grumpy said last week? I'm not so sure that it... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2017 at Light On Dark Water
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Like most people who grew up when what is now called “classic rock” was new, I’ve grown accustomed to hearing some very incongruous music in public places. I think it was back in the ‘70s when I first heard an easy-listening instrumental version of a Dylan song in the background... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2017 at Light On Dark Water
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I sometimes feel that I'm a bit of an impostor in the former-Anglican culture of the Ordinariate, in which people often refer to "our Anglican [or Episcopalian] heritage," "the hymns and prayers we grew up with," and so forth. But I didn't grow up in Anglicanism, although a certain amount... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2017 at Light On Dark Water
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I haven't yet mentioned Gregg Allman's recent death here, so am going to take this occasion to honor him and the entire original Allman Brothers Band. I don't have much time, but then I don't really think it's necessary to talk at length about this album. In my not-so-humble opinion,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2017 at Light On Dark Water
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When I left the academy in the early 1970s postmodernism had not yet arrived in a big way. at least not in the English department, at least as far as I was aware. The whole thing has pretty much passed me by, partly by my own choice. There has always... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2017 at Light On Dark Water
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A couple of weeks ago Stuart Moore and I were discussing our differing views of what we wanted to do with this 52 Albums thing. He wanted to sing the praises of classics and reminisce about them, as he just did with Sgt. Pepper’s, while I had in mind drawing... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2017 at Light On Dark Water
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Over the past couple of weeks I've read a couple of interesting memoir-autobiography sorts of things, one new and one an old friend. The new one is Swimming With Scapulars by Matthew Lickona. I had heard of it when it was published ten years or so ago, and can't remember... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2017 at Light On Dark Water
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As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the release of Sgt. Pepper’s I would like to say that I DO think that it is the greatest Beatles album, and I am also in agreement with Rolling Stone magazine that it is the number one and therefore greatest album in the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2017 at Light On Dark Water
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If you've been reading the Sunday Night Journal since its early days (2004(!)), you may remember that from time to time I mentioned "the dogs": walking the dogs, feeding the dogs, being amused or annoyed by the dogs. I also mentioned cats. At the time we had two dogs and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2017 at Light On Dark Water
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The period right around the turn of the millennium was a good one for music fans, as whatever was in the air at that time resulted in a fairly large cluster of memorable releases. Established acts like Radiohead, David Gray, and Yo La Tengo put out highly regarded albums, while... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2017 at Light On Dark Water
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It's pretty obvious that there is some significant number of people on the left who simply don't believe in freedom of speech anymore. There have been a number of incidents lately that make the point. There were the attack on Charles Murray, the conflict at Duke Divinity School, the simultaneously... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2017 at Light On Dark Water
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[Once again needing to come up with something in a hurry, I'm once again falling back on an old post. I haven't heard this album for a while but I'm pretty sure I won't have changed my mind about it.--mh] Although I can’t claim to have heard all the competition,... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2017 at Light On Dark Water
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The new Twin Peaks started tonight on the ShowTime network. I'm not sure when I'll get to see it, as I don't get ShowTime. I guess it will be available online somehow sometime. It's a little late for me to be making this recommendation, but if you're a fan of... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2017 at Light On Dark Water
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[I didn't have a piece from anybody else for this week, and have been too busy to write one, so I'm falling back on this post from 2006. I've updated it slightly but it's pretty much as it was. I don't think I've listened to the album since--where did the... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2017 at Light On Dark Water
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As you know if you read (or contributed to) the 52 Authors series a couple of years ago, I am a great fan of the mystery writer Ross Macdonald. "Ross Macdonald" was the pen name of Kenneth Millar. Most biographical notes included in the Macdonald books say something like this,... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2017 at Light On Dark Water
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After their well-received debut album from 1984 A Walk Across the Rooftops, fans of this Glasgow trio had to wait five years for the next record. Both internal issues among the band members and record company disagreements caused nearly a whole album’s worth of material to be scrapped, material they’d... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2017 at Light On Dark Water
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Well, I finally saw Manchester By the Sea. It was as good as everyone has said, and it deserved the honors it got. But I don't want to see it again: so much pain, and for me the artistry, as good as it is, is not enough to make me... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2017 at Light On Dark Water
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Way back in the late 1990s we were hanging out with a couple from Communione e Liberazione. Because of that I become interested in the works of Luigi Guissani, the founder of CL. After reading his books I decided to use The Religious Sense as part of a class I... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2017 at Light On Dark Water