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Episode 10: Curt McLey, “A Thing Resounds When it Rings True”

A new episode, in which Curt reflects on the resonance of truth.  Pay no attention to the dude who reads the intro with a conspicuous lack of radio-quality voice. Thanks for listening, folks.  As always, suggestions for how we can improve the podcast are welcome.

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The Invisible Hand Dilemma

Circa two years ago I had a chance to sit under the instruction of one of my favorite fictional authors, Orson Scott Card. Well, he isn’t fictional, his books are. Except the non-fiction ones –which is pretty self-explanatory. (Now exiting the vehicle is My Brevity -wave to the camera.) OSC is the author of Ender’s [...]

“On the Edge” Audiobook on iTunes for Crazy-cheap

It just came to my attention that the audiobook for On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness from Oasis Audio is for sale on iTunes for a whopping $3.95.  I almost bought it myself at that price (and that would be weird).  Seriously, the audiobook on CD is $19.75 at Amazon, so this [...]

God Only Knows What I’d Be Without The Beach Boys

Today I bought my first Beach Boys album: Pet Sounds.

For the past year or so, Ben Shive and I have been having an ongoing conversation about the virtues of the seminal 80’s new wave band The Talking Heads (and have been threatening to make time to watch their classic concert film together, “Stop Making Sense,” [...]

Christianity Today reviews “Bluebird”

Congrats to Rabbit Room contributor Randall Goodgame for the great review of his new EP, Bluebird, from Christianity Today. It includes accolades like the following:

“The opening title track could compete neck and neck with today’s very best porch-pop and coffeehouse rock offerings. Beyond just the ear pleasing acoustics, there are plenty of poetic parallels [...]

Called Out of Darkness

Some twenty-years ago a friend gave me a book called The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice.  It’s a lushly written tale about man involuntarily damned to an eternity outside salvation and his struggle to define his own morality in a world he believes is beyond the reach of God.  He’s a rebel, a braggart, and [...]

“Another Steed In The Stable” or “Why I Flee From Love”

I’m a one guitar man.  Have been from the beginning.  And I’ve secretly been suspicious of those who have numerous guitars as one would have steeds in a stable.  I’m faithful to one woman, and I’m faithful to one guitar.   At least that’s what I’ve always told myself since I couldn’t really afford a second [...]

Episode 9: Eric Peters, “The Settling of Snow”

Snow is in the forecast today, so this piece by Eric seems appropriate for this week’s Rabbit Room podcast.  Enjoy.

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Brevity, Part 2 – Epiphany All Skate

A few weeks back I wrote a piece on the discipline of brevity, and it was a ton of fun to hear your responses.  So today I’m sitting here tucked away in the corner of a coffee shop with free wi-fi, thinking about 2008, and wanted to bring an exercise to the Rabbit Room table.  What would it [...]

The British Woman Living Inside My GPS

Yesterday afternoon, I loaded up the tour bus (i.e., minivan) with guitars, gear, iPod and a cello. Genial cellist and all-around cordial gentleman, Hitoshi Yamaguchi, offered to tag along with me for a show I had in Pinson, AL last night. As I’ve grown weary of the long, lonely hours of solo trips, I was [...]

Myth and Rationality

Myth is scoffed at because reason has disproved it, so they say. It’s interesting as far as sociocultural studies go, but where’s the evidence? If there’s no real, empirical, demonstrable data that shows there are such things as gods, supernatural heroes, fairies, elves, and the like, then how can one possibly believe in the supernatural? [...]

My Kind of News: A Miracle On the Hudson

I don’t watch the evening news. The white noise of so many busy-body blabbermouths saying the same things over and over again usually lacks luster for me. I’d rather have quiet or music. This evening when I got home, mom called and said, “Evie, I know you don’t watch the news, but you have got to [...]

Revival Soup

Yellow onions, garlic and fresh ginger are sfubzling away over a low heat on the stove.

Sfubzling: (the “s” is silent) a little-known culinary term, used only by cooks with their ears truly to the ground, describing the noise which emanates from the cooking vessel and seems much like a mix of sizzling, bubbling, and fizzing. [...]

Viva La Vida

I have an aversion to anything that’s the subject of too much hype or popularity.  Such things are suspect and regarded with narrowed-eyes for a long time before I feel comfortable giving them any objective consideration.  Sometimes this hesitation serves me well, The DaVinci Code for example—groundbreaking and controversial, right?  The real story: old news [...]

Dating Yourself and Making Birdhouses

I have been a contributor here for a very little while now and I notice that some of these other blokes ask questions and then some very clever people answer them in the comments and elaborate upon their thoughts and it’s a kind of thing like what bespectacled scientists in lab coats call “interaction,” [...]