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A post-Christian organist speaks

A post-Christian organist speaks

An old friend stopped by last week. I mean a very old friend. We were in graduate school together in 1966 and '67. I hadn't seen her since then though we had communicated occasionally since she found herself in Kansas City the last four or five years. Prior to that, she had lived in 20 or so cities around the country. Then, it was just Christmas cards.

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Leave a message, we'll ... meh

Leave a message, we'll ... meh

In the long course of human history, before we all had phones in our pockets, you would call someone and either speak to them, leave a message with either a machine or a person or know you needed to call back later. When I first lived in New York in the 1990s, pretty much everyone had an answering service. This was something you could call from a pay phone, and if it rang (i.e.

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The lessons of Charlie Hebdo

The lessons of Charlie Hebdo

I am Charlie Hebdo.

By that, I mean that until terrorists broke into the French newspaper's offices and killed 10 of its staffers and two policemen outside, I'd never heard of it. And, honestly, it routinely publishes way more offensive things than anything I'd normally publish. I'm not literally Charlie Hebdo, but only Charlie Hebdo is literally Charlie Hebdo. But I get what it's doing.

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2015: The year to get weirder

2015: The year to get weirder

2015 is upon us, a year as far in the future as we ever dreamt possible. Some of you had a great summer of '69. The Smashing Pumpkins help us fondly recall 1979. We knew we would party like it was 1999. We failed miserably to undertake a space odyssey in 2001 or any year since, and thus 2010 was not the year we made contact.

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A solution for The Interview

A solution for The Interview

Perhaps Bill Warren will team up with the NRA to bring The Interview to his screens. I can see it now. The eyes of the nation, indeed the world, would turn to Wichita, Kansas, on New Year's Eve this year. The world premiere of the film could be at the Oldtown Warren Theater in the city's Old Town entertainment area.

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