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The Eye Like A Strange Balloon

28 Apr 2023 1 minute read 0 comments Nathan Payne

The Eye Like A Strange Balloon Mounts Toward Infinity is a lithograph made by Odilon Redon in 1882.  It was inspired by Edgar Allan Poe, and is on display at the L.A. County Museum of Art: In 1995, the BBC commissioned Canadian filmmaker Guy Maddin...

Rise of the Partisan Arts

24 Apr 2023 5 minute read 0 comments Nathan Payne

"When they poured across the borderI was cautioned to surrenderThis I could not doI took my gun and vanished."The Partisan   What happens when the angels of fire have finally been extinguished, and deadly passion is at last destroyed?  If time spent...

The Douche Condition

22 Apr 2023 4 minute read 0 comments Nathan Payne

Sociologists have many ways to measure the health of any given civilization.  Economic data, birth-to-death ratios, employment numbers, and applause meters are all effective ways to determine the vitality of a group of people.  While these mainstream...

Without Ketchup There Can Be No Righteousness

20 Apr 2023 10 minute read 0 comments Nathan Payne

When I lived in Austin, I contacted a church in the north suburbs about being a worship leader.  It was a small, storefront church, and we talked on the phone and decided it would be worthwhile to meet.  The pastor and his wife were friendly, and see...

The Peaceful Fray

18 Apr 2023 13 minute read 0 comments Nathan Payne

My neighbor listens to a lot of old-school U2.  He's a hardcore gritty mechanic type who speaks absolutely no English and whose yard is an open-air garage full of trees, prehistoric beercans, and car parts.  In fact his gate isn't a gate at all, it's...

Everything I Left The U.S. To Get Away From

14 Apr 2023 3 minute read 0 comments Nathan Payne

While looking around my YouTube channel, I noticed somebody disliked my "Vaqueros From A Distance" video.  Why would somebody bother disliking such an obvious afterthought of a video?  Do people actually believe their approval is important?  Is this...

Walking Ramble (more music, less content)

12 Apr 2023 3 minute read 0 comments Nathan Payne

A rambling response to an email I received yesterday from an old friend asking me to send him more music, less emails (the emails consist of links to this blog, and samples from the articles).  I realize I've been waiting for that email for months i...

Artistic Diaspora: Rise of the Message

11 Apr 2023 5 minute read 0 comments Nathan Payne

"Where I go I just don't know;I might end up somewhere in Mexico"Soul To Squeeze   Diaspora (noun)a: people settled far from their ancestral homelandsb: the place where these people livec: the movement, migration, or scattering of a people away from...

Awaiting The Great Celestial Bug-Out

8 Apr 2023 7 minute read 0 comments Nathan Payne

“And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;”Romans 1:28   Lia Thomas is the Napster of women's sports.  Independent musicians were forced into h...

Hedwig's Lament (The Curse of Sexual Calvinism)

4 Apr 2023 9 minute read 0 comments Nathan Payne

"There's a lot of soul searching that Hedwig does about looking for a romantic partner and trying to find wholeness and be recognised for their music and their creativity; it's not just a gender journey."Stephen Trask   The plot of Hedwig & The Angry...