Happiness in the proximity of faith and death

[ by Charles Cameron — the emotional impact of faith, from a nun present at the Normandy attack to a failed suicide bomber in Syria ] . According to this IB Times article, Tragic last words of Catholic priest killed by Isis terrorists revealed, Sister Helene Decaux, one of the nuns who was present at […] Read more »

Orlando Tweets One

[ by Charles Cameron — on the variety of possible motives ] . On twitter alone, there’s far too much going on as we scramble to understand the Orlando massacre for anyone to make a useful summary, although I must say that Rukmini Callimachi‘s twitter feed since yesterday has been superb. My own first assortment […] Read more »

Armageddon overkill

[ by Charles Cameron — on abuses of word and image ] . Exhinit A, The Four Horsies of the ‘Pocapypse: Meet Calamity (Pestilence), Raven (Famine), Clash (War) and Ghost (Death). They’re the Four Horsies of the ‘Pocalypse (or at least they would be if they could only get their act together)! This next-generation of […] Read more »

What the PK Dickens?

[ by Charles Cameron — conceptual echoes in a PK Dick bio-flick ] . ** I have just been watching Mark Steensland’s movie, The Gospel According to PK Dick, and a couple of fine parallelisms – echoes, really – struck me. I’m going to start with one quote from the Chuang Tzu which is so […] Read more »

KILO TWO BRAVO – The Teaser Post

[by Mark Safranski, a.k.a. “zen“] Friend of ZP, Kanani Fong sent me early access to watch and review Kilo Two Bravo, due to be released November 13th. It is the true story of a platoon of British paratroopers who are caught in a minefield by the Kajaki Dam in Afghanistan’s deadly Helmand Valley. As I have just finished […] Read more »

DoubleQuote as Match Cut

[ by Charles Cameron — further passing notes in the virtual music of ideas, including meditations for glass bead game players ] . From the agile algorithmic eyes at Archillect: pic.twitter.com/UYPCmKzpDW — Archillect (@archillect) October 12, 2015 A match cut or graphic match in cinema is, in Wikipedia’s words, a cut in film editing between […] Read more »

What it means to live in a secular world

[ by Charles Cameron — mind of a skeptic, heart of a devotee ] . I’m heading the post with this video to capture your attention, but recommend you move right past it to the body of the text, and return to it later if and when you have an hour and more to spare: […] Read more »

Jihadi, Jedi

[ by Charles Cameron — methinks there’s a disproportion here ] . ** From Hurriyet, yesterday: After recently slamming the warped theology of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), Turkey’s top religious body may have another formidable enemy: The Jedi. In an article for the latest edition of the Directorate of Religious […] Read more »

Review: Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy

[by Mark Safranski, a.k.a. “zen“] Blood Meridian: or The Evening Redness in the West by Cormac McCarthy Cormac McCarthy and Blood Meridian first came to my attention back in 2000 when noted literary critic, Yale professor Harold Bloom was interviewed on C-Span’s Booknotes regarding his book, How to Read and Why. Bloom, an eccentric character who […] Read more »

When one life sprouts inside another

[ by Charles Cameron — some ugly comparisons, you have been warned — but it is only the exaggerated ugliness that drives my point home ] . The first DoubleQuote of three I’m posting here shows two views of sacred sites taken over by conquering religions. You may have seen this DoubleQuote before — the […] Read more »