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Letter To Powell's Books

17 Jan 2021 2 minute read 0 comments Nathan Payne

As you may be aware, Antifa is starting fights outside of Powell's Books in Portland, Oregon, over a book with the subtitle "Inside Antifa's Radical Plan to Destroy Democracy."  It isn't clear whether or not the fights are intended to convince the ge...

Fake Christians Can't Be Real Artists

11 Jan 2021 2 minute read 0 comments Nathan Payne

I thought I'd already addressed this issue, and indeed I have.  In June I wrote an article inspired by the story of some Christian bandleader who "lost his faith" titled Fake Christians, Fake Music.  You can read it here if you like: https://www.publ...

An Optimistic Fairytale

10 Dec 2020 5 minute read 0 comments Nathan Payne

Kathryn Bigelow's Strange Days came out in 1995, and is an interesting snapshot of the ethos of the era.  Widely considered a dystopian film, or worse, "prescient" of a dystopian future, what it actually shows (probably unwittingly) is how united peo...

Pride vs. Strength

7 Dec 2020 1 minute read 0 comments Nathan Payne

Pride is not strong, and strength is not proud.  Pride and strength are opposites. Strength does not declare itself. Strength tests itself. Strength does not feel the need for the approval of others.   Pride depends on the approval of others.  It dec...

Good Art vs. Sick Content

30 Nov 2020 4 minute read 4 comments Nathan Payne

During the Myspace years, I was once informed that I had "sick content."  Obviously a compliment, I was nevertheless as amused by this Millennial colloquialism as I was flattered by it.  Age is not an issue for me.  However, there is a fine line betw...

The Dark Side of Troop Worship

23 Nov 2020 4 minute read 0 comments Nathan Payne

I was in Wichita, Kansas last year on a job hunt.  Some guy in the area was looking for bass players, a retired professional in some other field who bought himself a small-time country music career.  He liked my audition video and wanted to hire me. ...

The Harsh Reality

21 Nov 2020 1 minute read 0 comments Nathan Payne

I'm writing this for the benefit of one person, but I want to be able to refer to it in the future, so I'm writing a blog about it. I'm aware my tone can be harsh.  I'm copping to it now.  You can guess the reasons why; they aren't important, and cer...

Incan Mini-Golf

16 Nov 2020 1 minute read 0 comments Nathan Payne

"Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart ofman, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him." 1 Corinthians 2:9   I've been a citizen of Heaven for several months now.  For whatever reason, I've had a hell...

Sanctimony & Degeneracy

14 Nov 2020 3 minute read 1 comment Nathan Payne

Sanctimony is a form of degeneracy.  Thinking too highly of oneself is a strong indicator of a degenerate heart and mind.  It is perhaps the last line of defense of degeneracy.  Or maybe the first.  Or maybe the only. Who ever heard of sanctimonious...

Choose Your Madness

9 Nov 2020 2 minute read 0 comments Nathan Payne

Remember the scene in Shawshank Redemption when Brooks kills himself because he can't make it on the outside?  He was a liberal man in a free world.  He couldn't hack it.  Years of deferring his decision-making to outside sources had weakened him to...