Saturday, May 16, 2020

catching up with Doug Shadle's blogging--arguing against essentialism is great but also can problematize cultural appropriation

Catching up to Shadle's blogging in the last month. A few rambling thoughts ... (aka about 3,000 words)

Van has an article on VIcente Lusitano, a Portugese composer of African lineage circa 1520-1561

I have long been skeptical of sweeping claims that what's conventionally known as classical music is music by "white" people.  Europeans?  Sure, okay, but definitions of "white" have varied over time.  Anglo-Saxons wouldn't consider Spaniards or Portugese to necessarily be white, let alone a Portugese man of African lineage such as Vicente Lusitano, whose life and work is featured in a recent article at VAN.
and for good measure

Never heard of Vicente Lusitano?  I hadn't either, and if you want to hear one of his works go over here.

and if you can read music and want to see his surrealistic chromatic polyphony for yourself go over here.

former Acts 29 pastor Darrin Patrick has died, investigation pending, as yet no comments from Mark Driscoll on the passing of his one time pastor and friend (unless someone's spotted them in the last 8 days)

The Mighty's Juliette Virzi 's piece doesn't mention the part about the cause of death as a suicide investigation is under way.  However, the piece samples Twitter condolences in the wake of the death.

Warren Throckmorton on R. R. Reno's era of First Things (update 5-18-2020 Reno apologizes)

Seeing Reno's tweets second hand I do wonder about the latest iteration of First Things.  I picked up a book by David Novak (a conservative Jewish scholar) on Judaism and natural law that, in Novak's introduction, he wrote was inspired by a challenge from First Things to further explore the connection between natural law and Judaism.  I've got a relative who's interested in legal theories and theories of judicial action (we're Batman fans, okay, it's actually relevant to that topic, believe it or not), so I was looking at the book as a gift idea and then decided to get it myself.

The more recent iteration of First Things does not come across like the kind of magazine that would inspire an academic monograph of the sort I've just alluded to.  First Things, with a few exceptions, under Reno's tenure feels more like, I dunno, a highbrow's Glenn Beck to me.  I used to actually read it, like, twenty years ago but haven't felt a need to read it much apart from selections from Carl Trueman and some other authors.

CBC feature--during the covid-19 lockdown animation is an art form that's still moving along while live-action filming has shut down

Not all art forms have been equally battered by the pandemic.  There was a Canadian feature recently that highlighted that one of my favorite art forms is moving along, that is the art form of animation.  One of the paradoxes of the conventional highbrow and lowbrow distinctions is that cartoons tend to be viewed near the bottom of the ladder of prestige in the arts even though every single frame of an animated film is a work of art and in Wagnerian terms an animated film could be an apotheosis of the total work of art, with the drama of a story, the vocal performances, even songs show up often enough and all in the process of a story that is drawn by artists. But cartoons have often been viewed as not-art.

Over at The New Republic the status of Jordan Peterson is considered, if in the sort of way The New Republic would

an old piece from March but I noticed that there was less of Jordan Peterson online, which I admit is a bit neither here nor there for me.  TNR's piece goes in roughly the direction I would have guessed.