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Archives for October 2009






Happy Halloween from the Godsbody Children.

First Son: Laughing Devil
Second Son: Mr. Moustache, Mr. Beard
Third Son: Evil Grin
First Daughter: Sidelong Smile
Third Daughter: Surprise!
Second Daughter: Happy to Be Here

cnb’s other blog

Several recent posts at All Manner of Thing need to be checked out:

Bob Dylan, spiritual poet

Sitting down with Van Morrison

Anglican and Catholic?

Well, in fact, the entire bright shining blog needs to be checked out.

A Very Interesting Ethical Question

Getting ready to spend a few hours driving through the wilds of darkest Orange County, looking for something worthwhile to stick on the ol’ iPod. Hmmm…. you know, after reading John Cleese’s interesting comment about Christ over at the AV Club the other day, I’m reminded that he once did a recording of CS Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters. And hey, this guy says I can download it from! Um, or not. Drat. Amazon has it used but only on audiocassette. Bleah.

But hey! Here it is for free, and it’s not even one of those naughty naughty torrent download thingies. SO: the question. The thing is out of production. Neither Cleese nor the people who produced it for him stand to make any more money from it. So is it okay to download?

Dear Art: please stop imitating life. Or at least, stop imitating my life.

So I’m watching Mad Men with The Wife, and Betty is confronting Don about the box of secrets, and Betty’s saying something along the lines of, “You lied to me every day.” And I stop the show (thank you, iTunes) and say, “Now that’s not quite fair. Not telling someone everything isn’t quite the same as lying. It’s not like he’s looking her in the face and pretending things are true that aren’t.” And The Wife comes back with, “But he’s got a girl in the car, right outside! He is lying to her.” Like the man said, “The past isn’t over. Hell, it isn’t even past.” And suddenly I’m thinking about the crap we bring into even our most intimate relationships, the way that crap works to sour and erode those relationships, the smiling dishonesties we allow ourselves and HELLO CAN SOMEONE PLEASE TURN DOWN THE SELF-LOATHING? I’M TRYING TO WATCH A SHOW HERE.


Third Son asked for pie. Smart boy.