Second Appearance in the Falcon

I have a quote in this SPU article about a very powerful lecture on campus about race and theology. Very obliged to be the voice of the School of Theology Grad Program…


New writing: 7pm UPC is for stories

Another published article for University Presbyterian Church:

New writing: Dating for intimacy in your 20s

I’ve been busy writing for graduate school, but this was published in the school’s newspaper. Enjoy!

o! the naked shame of the autumnal tree

o! the naked shame of the autumnal tree

where has thy dressing gone?

tattered and soiled under your limbs

Stay alive till spring

when the new fashion blooms.

the fight to keep it local

this is a great article about Seattle’s little sister… Portland. this city has definitely made it’s case to be considered the “cooler” little sister the past few years and this article only proves it. with it’s commitment to local economy, DIY angst, and influx of  “young, white, educated, and outdoorsy” folks it sure sounds like the portland i know and love.

but seriously portland, be a little less elitist? please.

trailer art

when art become utilitarian, like when to sell a movie, then it stops being art and becomes propaganda. we live in a saturated commercial world that takes the most aesthetically pleasing elements and attaches them to products, companies, and platforms. so when watching a movie trailer its primary purpose is to move you into the theater, tell your friends, and sell popcorn. therefore not being art.

that being said… this new sophia coppola movie trailer looks pretty sweet and reflects a near perfect example of the best movie trailers.

let’s deconstruct:

-mood-inducing music (phoenix, then julian casablancas of the strokes with some lyrics totally appropriate to the scenes shown)

-images that tell a thousand words (soft lighting, distinct color palette, extreme close-ups on character’s faces)

-introduces story arc (successful white people get sad too; and have caring daughters who get ignored)

-leaves you wanting more (what will happen to these good-looking white people?!)

i would suggest that this movie will be artful, including story, cinematic technique, audience connection, and analysis of author (sophia coppola’s dad directed the godfather movies, could this movie reflect her upbringing?).

as a piece of propaganda this trailer achieves it’s desired effect. i want to see this movie. it moves me aesthetically and as a consumer. does it work for you too?

thanks to videogum.

whitman said it

This is what you shall do: Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul; and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body…