POST BY PADDY JOHNSON
Screencapture from The Big Lebowski
- NPR discusses spirituality in the films of Joel and Ethan Coen with Cathleen Falsani, a religion columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times and author of “The Dude Abides: The Gospel According to the Coen Brothers.” It’s about an hour-worth of listening time but well worth it. (Thanks c-monster!)
- Prompted by a combination of Falsani’s discussion and a recent trip to Canada, I took a look at CBC Radio’s Tapestry website, a weekly radio program exploring spirituality. Thanks to 16 years of available archives, I found another segment on filmmakers and spirituality — The Mind of David Lynch. In this show, Lynch talks about the relationship between mediation and creativity. Naturally a rubber clown makes its way into the discussion. They also debunk the myth that artists have to be tortured to create fucked up films.
- Also of interest: The mathematical probability of God.
- Finally, on the subject of news mostly likely to raise God’s eyebrow, the famous Annie Leibovitz lenders, Art Capital Group, decided last week not to be seen as a “preditory lender” and refinanced the photographer’s loan. Since then, they also sent their legal team after Business Insider for quoting economics blogger Felix Salmon’s sentiments that they were predatory. Given the level of harassment prompted for merely paroting Salmon’s sentiments, I can only imagine what Salmon had to suffer through.