US Catholic Faith in Real Life

Ryan Adams' cover of ‘1989’ falls flat

It’s hard to do Ryan Adams when you want Taylor Swift.

By Molly Jo Rose |
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You can’t help but wonder why. What is alt-rock god Ryan Adams doing covering Taylor Swift’s zeitgeist of an album, 1989? Is it a joke? Is the rocker taking the piss out of Swift? Is it, like Father John Misty’s Swift covers, a critical jibe? Or is this real?  Does Ryan Adams, a musician with serious music cred, actually admire the album?

Turns out he does. Ryan Adams’ cover of Taylor Swift’s 1989 is sincere. It’s an authentic homage to what many agree is already a timeless album. Whether Adams’ take is any good or not is an entirely different question.


‘On the Side of the Poor’ reminds us of the true purpose of theology

By Meghan J. Clark |
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“Faith is a gift,” writes Dominican Father Gustavo Gutiérrez. “To receive this gift means putting oneself behind Jesus as he walks, putting his teachings into practice and proclaiming the reign of God. The act of faith stands at the beginning of all theology.” 
 

The Social Experiment makes music that inspires in ‘Surf’

By Nicholas Liao |
Article Culture
Surf
Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment (Self-released, 2015)
Much of the buzz about Surf, the indie debut from musical collective The Social Experiment, is due to the band’s most famous member: Chance the Rapper. The 22-year-old Chicago wunderkind’s self-released 2013 mixtape, Acid Rap, marked him as a poster child for eccentric, left-field rappers who have built followings largely via the internet and word of mouth.  

Love prevails in the Brian Wilson biopic ‘Love and Mercy'

By Chris Byrd |
Article Culture
Love and Mercy
Directed by Bill Pohlad (River Road Entertainment/Battle Mountain Films, 2015)

Brian Wilson was a gifted yet troubled songwriter. In Love and Mercy, Bill Pohlad explores two critical periods in Wilson's life: the mid ‘60s, when he produced the Beach Boys’ highly regarded Pet Sounds album, and the ‘80s, when Wilson was under the dangerous influence of therapist Eugene Landry (Paul Giamatti).


'The End of the Tour' pays fitting tribute to David Foster Wallace

By Meghan Murphy-Gill |
Article Culture

In 1996, David Lipsky wanted what David Foster Wallace had, what any serious writer would want. Lipsky says as much, both in the pages of the book on which The End of the Tour is based and through Jesse Eisenburg, the actor who portrays Lipsky in the movie version.


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