Arts, Culture, Endeavors, Life

A Life Worth Studying

Chicago philanthropist Richard Driehaus (1942-March 9, 2021) has passed and the praises of his life coming from so many circles leave me convinced that his was a life well lived. By sheer happenstance, I learned of his existence, of his interests, his influence, and the compatibility of all that he stood for with the things that I also stand for. Sadly, I never met him, for we would have found tremendous common ground. In my estimation, Driehaus stands shoulder to shoulder with two others whose philosophies have stood tall against the present degradations of modernity: Dana Gioia (who I have met) and Sir Roger Scruton (who my other half briefly corresponded with). Such personages are not to be taken lightly. Their lives are worth studying.

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Arts, Culture, Literature

Bringing Sacredness Back to Art

While I am currently tied up finishing a nine-year-old book draft, there has been no time to post fresh material here. But I ran across something this morning that struck me as so outstanding, I knew it had to stand in for me today.

Mark Jackson recently published an outstanding critique of a resurrected 10-year-old film, The Black Swan (2010), which starred Natalie Portman. I know people who loved that film; I personally detested it. In his article, “Rewind, Review, and Re-rate ‘Black Swan’: Making a Case for Bringing Back Sacredness to Art,” Jackson admits that the performances were all sterling. (Portman won an Oscar, by the way.) In fact, even I admit it is a literary masterpiece. But does that redeem its darkness?

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Culture, Life

Facing Life Full On

You don’t have to participate in the society that people who hate you and your values created. That’s the truth. I never thought I’d be standing on the stage suggesting that people opt out of the popular society, but that is exactly what I’m suggesting.” ~Tucker Carlson

Way finding. Engineering your life. That’s exactly what I’ve been preaching lately and that’s exactly why, when I heard Tucker Carlson’s long soliloquy on the topic of how to manage in a world that is hell-bent on eliminating your “kind,” I knew it was important to share this weighty matter. (It goes right in there with Lifestyle Mapping and Finding Your Purpose.) Continue reading “Facing Life Full On”