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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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[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 yesterday 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 4 days ago 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
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When First Things appeared in the 1990s (I think), I read it occasionally but never subscribed. That was mainly because a fairly large portion of the articles were too specialized and academic for me.It seemed, for instance, that there were a lot of long commentaries on contemporary intellectual figures whom... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2017 at Light On Dark Water
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Unlike Mac, I tend to regard the pop music of the 1980s as something of a nadir, but that is not to say that there was no gold amongst the dross. Back in January I sang the praises of The Pogues. At the time I said that what most interested... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2017 at Light On Dark Water
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For some months now I've noticed that I take great satisfaction in reciting the creed. Or, I should say, one of the creeds: at Mass of course it's the Nicene, but in my personal prayers it's the Apostles'. It's a reaction to the times. The spirit of the age is... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2017 at Light On Dark Water
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I don’t think it would matter what language Lucinda Williams was singing in, I think her voice would have the same effect on me regardless. I’ve never heard anything like it. It is hard to say with certainty because as I have been listening to this disc over and over... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2017 at Light On Dark Water
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Haven't hadn't time to watch this yet but looks interesting.
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A happy, peaceful, and blessed Easter to all who are celebrating it today. As John Donne says in his sonnet "Resurrection," "Salute the last and everlasting day." Moist with one drop of Thy blood, my dry soul Shall—though she now be in extreme degree Too stony hard, and yet too... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2017 at Light On Dark Water
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(I hope this will be as close as we come to missing a week of this series. I don't have time to write anything much this week, and there's nothing else in the hopper, so this is going to consist in large part of quotes from reviewers.) If you like... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2017 at Light On Dark Water
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One of the books I've been reading as background for the book I'm writing is Theodore Roszak's The Making of a Counter-culture. Roszak may have been the one who coined that term. If he didn't, he certainly contributed to its widespread use. The book came out in 1969 and I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2017 at Light On Dark Water
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I don’t understand why so many people seem to think the 1980s were a bad period for music. To my taste it’s as good as any other decade, possibly better than, for instance, the one that followed it. I never did understand all the fuss about grunge. Ultravox’s Vienna was... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2017 at Light On Dark Water
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My specifically Lenten reading this year is Frank Sheed's Theology for Beginners. I'm a little embarrassed to admit that, because I know several people who read this blog have advanced degrees in theology or have just in general read a great deal more of it than I have. I've picked... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2017 at Light On Dark Water
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Classical recordings just don't fit into the performer-plus-album-title format. Bach's name rightly should be first here, but I put the performers first because this is about their specific recording of the St. Matthew Passion. Every year for the past four or five I've planned to listen to the St. Matthew... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2017 at Light On Dark Water
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Some time ago, a year or maybe two, before I cut our cable TV service back to the minimum, a 1965 movie called The Loved One caught my eye in the Turner Classic Movies schedule. Was it Evelyn Waugh's Loved One? I wasn't aware that a movie had ever been... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2017 at Light On Dark Water
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It is not often that music on the radio stops me in my tracks. I remember it happening when I was seven or eight years old, with Thin Lizzy’s “Whiskey in the Jar”, and twenty years after that, with “’t Smidje” from Laïs, the debut album of the trio Laïs... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2017 at Light On Dark Water
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The excitement of the week in Christian circles seems to be Rod Dreher's new book, The Benedict Option. If you haven't heard about it, its subtitle is A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation, and the Benedict of the title is St. Benedict. Here's a bit from the publisher's... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2017 at Light On Dark Water
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Although I’m only a mild fan of John Michael Talbot’s music, there are three of his albums that I place very high on my list of favorites. Two of them, The Painter and No Longer Strangers, were made with his brother Terry. The Painter was the first music I had... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2017 at Light On Dark Water
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I finally made it through Paradise. I hate to put it that way, but that's more or less how it felt. Back in May of last year I was reading Dante and was most of the way through Purgatory when I needed to switch translations (there was a blog post... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2017 at Light On Dark Water
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What’s not to like about a band made up of three guitarists, bass, drums, a singer who doesn’t sing, and a classically-trained interpretive dancer? Bristol, England’s Blue Aeroplanes had put out several well-received independent albums in the 1980’s but it was their 1990 major label debut Swagger that gained them... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2017 at Light On Dark Water
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I recall reading about The Undertaking by Thomas Lynch when it came out some years ago. I would have said, without checking, ten to fifteen years ago, but it was actually twenty. I remember reading some reviews at the time and thinking that it sounded interesting: essays by a poet... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2017 at Light On Dark Water
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