Happy Easter, Christians!

Quoth the Wikipedia page of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s Russian Easter Festival Overture:

Rimsky-Korsakov always had a great interest in – and enjoyment of – liturgical themes and music, though he was himself a non-believer.

If you know anything about me at all, this seems like a pretty fitting tribute for this blog. Congratulations to all the faithful Christians around the world on the resurrection of your Lord and Savior. May your day be filled with joy and peace.

 

The most beautiful “my bad” in the world

It’s Holy Week for Christians around the world, a celebration and remembrance of the last days of Jesus Christ, prophet to some, Savior to others. There are many services, the most important of which are those for Maundy Thursday (last supper), Good Friday (crucifixion), and Easter (resurrection). On the nights prior to each of these services is the Tenebrae, a ceremony in which candles are extinguished while psalms are read, chanted, and sung. One of the psalms performed in these services (particularly those preceding Good Friday) is the Miserere, which translates to “have mercy.” This plea for mercy comes from a story, the kind of story that would implode Twitter if it happened today. Journey back with me to 1000 BC and then some… Continue reading

I was all set to write something tonight, and then I got sidetracked reading these two awesome profiles from LA Magazine

Escape from Cuba: Yasiel Puig’s Untold Journey to the Dodgers

Fascinating in a lot of ways, not the least of which is out relationship with Cuba.

Freeway Rick is Dreaming

I remember learning of Freeway Ricky Ross when I first discovered West Coast rap way back when. This is an absolutely brilliant article.

I’ll try again Thursday! God damn you, internet. God damn you.