‘A Marginal Jew': Volumes III & IV

A Marginal Jew: Rethinking the Historical Jesus, by John P. Meier (4 volumes)

As someone who’s made a regular hobby of studying the Bible for about 30 years and counting, I find it hard to express how enjoyable the John P. Meier book series A Marginal Jew: Rethinking the Historical Jesus has been to read. Chapter by chapter, Meier peels away embellishment and retouching in the Gospels to … Read more >

Russell Brand, Alec Baldwin: The rich flee climate change

Alec Baldwin guests on Russell Brand's YouTube show The Trews

Energetic thinker Russell Brand — whose brand new book is called Revolution — has a YouTube show called The Trews (“The Trews is news if the news were true”) on which he discusses current events and world problems. Back in August, The Trews gained attention through Brand’s public feud with Fox News. Above, in Monday’s … Read more >

‘Muscle Shoals’ (2013 music documentary movie)

Muscle Shoals (movie, 2013)

Muscle Shoals is a 2013 documentary about a legendary recording studio in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, way up in the northwest corner of that state, a 150-mile drive from Memphis, Tennessee. Actually, it’s a documentary about two legendary recording studios in that little city — FAME Recording Studios, established in 1959, and Muscle Shoals Sound Studio, … Read more >

‘10% Happier': Dan Harris’s book on mindfulness meditation

10% Happier: How I tamed the voice in my head

Right off the bat, I had two misconceptions about 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works — A True Story. One was that a book written by a Good Morning America guy would necessarily be slick and superficial. The other … Read more >

‘The Wire': Must-watch TV show from a decade ago

The Wire

Amy and I just finished watching all five seasons of The Wire. While we were doing this, I was surprised by the number of people I mentioned this to who had never heard of the show. “The what?,” they’d ask. “The Wire?” Yes — The Wire. The Wire was an HBO series that ran from … Read more >

‘Tiny Dancer,’ by Elton John and Bernie Taupin

Tiny Dancer: Elton John

The Elton John song “Tiny Dancer” (lyrics by Bernie Taupin) is in my iTunes library because of its use in the sing-along scene of Almost Famous, the Cameron Crowe movie from 2000 in which a touring rock band, its crew and entourage are touchingly reunited by the song after some tension involving LSD, “real people,” … Read more >

SC Johnson headquarters tour, Racine WI

SC Johnson headquarters: carport (Racine WI)

The SC Johnson headquarters in Racine, Wisconsin is a peculiar little enclave. The company’s heritage campus includes its iconic, Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Research Tower and Administration Building, as well as the Golden Rondelle Theater, transplanted from the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair, and Fortaleza Hall, an oval glass modernist memorial completed in 2010. Not exactly … Read more >