TV: Disappointment and Nostalgia

I’ve been thinking lately about the two opposite truisms of media: Nothing lasts forever, and everything lasts forever. Weirdly, these both seem to be the ongoing reality of modern consumer media. File under “Nothing Lasts Forever”: Within the last two weeks, two television shows that I really liked and respected received the pink slip from their networks. Caprica, the Battlestar Galactica spin-off, was canceled by … Continue reading TV: Disappointment and Nostalgia

Homily for November 11th, 2010 – 33rd Sunday C

?Every year at about this time, as the holly and the ivy appear at the mall, and our old friend the Chia Pet returns to television, our liturgical readings turn to Eschatology, the consideration of the Last Things. We live in a world full of people (and media!) who tell us we ought to be afraid– afraid of disease, afraid of terrorists, afraid of what … Continue reading Homily for November 11th, 2010 – 33rd Sunday C

Homily for Sunday September 26th, 2010

Lots of people apparently still believe that our society is subject to the Platonic notion that all we have to do is rationally show people the right thing to do, and they’ll do it. That what people are really experiencing is a lack of good, well-reasoned information. I think that people aren’t always that rational. For us to really change our behavior, something more is … Continue reading Homily for Sunday September 26th, 2010

The Chicago Checklist, Extra Meat Edition

Chicago is a great town for eating. Well, in which to eat, not to eat the town per se. You know what I mean. There are a few things that are on most people’s Chicago Food Checklist: Steak Garrett’s popcorn Deep-dish Pizza Garret’s Popcorn was easy– they have a store a block from my hotel. When I stopped by on Sunday, there was a line … Continue reading The Chicago Checklist, Extra Meat Edition