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rot in safety

many questions for the "I like it, I don't like it" college students

Tonight, at the annual Writers House Thanksgiving, I induced Tom Devaney to read the poem called "Poem," which he dedicated to me (on the occasion of my 50th birthday in March '06). He obliged and here is the video recording.

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what did you see this weekend?

It's 47 years old, the film, and seems it. Read my response to Butterfield 8, in which Liz is simply wandrous.

acknowledgment dirty tricks

Charles ("Chuck") Colson was involved in the Nixon White House during the Watergate/dirty tricks era, broke the law and was convicted of it, and later, you may recall, turned to Christ and joined the lecture circuit to tell his story of being saved. Fans of his books say that he "is a premier popular practitioner of Christian persuasion." He teamed up with parable-writer and exegete Harold Fickett (Conversations with Jesus 1999) to write The Good Life: Seeking purpose, meaning, and truth in your life. Somehow my name is mentioned on page 369 of this tome. I am thanked for helping Fickett on some matter--a "story." Odd, since I'd never heard from or even (until just now) about Fickett. Nice to be acknowledged, but...well... Notice, above Fickett's thank yous, Colson thanks the "Author of All Truth," so at least I'm in good company.

in direct line with another & the next

Oh, go see the Lawrence Weiner show at the Whitney before it closes February 10. It's the first major retrospective of his work in the U.S. Some of the pieces - small in scale, intensely conceptual, language-y and yet objects - date back to 1960 (he was just 18 and had, Kerouac-like, come across the country).