Thursday, December 2, 2004
Meet your fellow Philocritics, part 6.
Thanks to all the new links in November! Blogs that have added Philocrites to their blogroll in the past month include: Arbitrary Marks (short for "language games and miscellaneous arbitary marks," a Wittgenstein-inspired blog by CK in St Louis), Father Jake Stops the World ("the musings of an eccentric and sometimes heretical Episcopal priest"), Fundamillenium ("Welcome to the age of suck," says this despondent Utah UU — believe me, I know that feeling — but the copy editor in me asks, "Shouldn't there be another n?"), The Juggler (a pagan group blog), The Limited Modified Hangout (by Paul Deadman), Mere Sketches (featuring progressive politics and Torah study), Reading, Writing, and Ranting (by the blogger formerly known to me as "Spiritual Woman"), Where Left Is Right ("Catching liberals in the act of doing things right"), and Shadow of Diogenes (who dislikes cheese, France, and Michael Moore, among many other things). Thanks to each of you! I'm astonished.
Our Thanksgiving poll revealed that about two-thirds of all Philocritics agree with Mrs Philocrites. That's right: She prefers Sunny Philo to City Philo, too. (Did she pay you all to vote with her? Just asking.) The picture will soon appear on the front page until someone with a digital camera makes me look cooler.
Now for our next quiz:
I can't help myself: I'm loving the new U2 album and remembering how much a part of my life the band's music has been ever since I borrowed my friend Doug's tape of "The Joshua Tree" back in the tenth grade. I spent my high school graduation night watching a videotape of "Rattle and Hum" over and over and over with a group of friends. Later, at the University of Utah, I watched it again one day in the A/V lab to ride through the emotion of a new crush. The only pop album I purchased in four years of divinity school was "Pop." (I saw U2 perform live during the Pop-Mart Tour with a handful of Div School friends.) And I was delighted that the church youth group I advised for three years in the late 1990s always wanted music from "The Joshua Tree" when they led a worship service for the congregation. Somehow, that was just part of the tradition to them. I agreed.
So the poll asks when U2 became part of your spiritual life. I'm only half-kidding. Maybe you're just a fan. But perhaps you've pondered the religious dimension to their music because it seemed addressed to your soul. (On "How To Dismantle an Atomic Bomb," the song "All Because of You" is just about the best praise song ever. That song starts and I'm lost in halleluias.)
If you — like me — were introduced to U2 midway into their career but then worked your way backward and found a lot to love in their earlier works, don't be ashamed — but do answer based on the album whose music first hooked you. In the comments, tell a story about your favorite song or album; bonus points for religious or quasi-religious connections!
Those of you who, for whatever mysterious reasons, find this poll outside your frame of reference, please feel free to discuss the pop music that has worked its way into your religious life.
Oh, yes: The traffic report. November was the site's busiest month. Searches for "Christians for Kerry" brought almost 1,300 visitors to the site. (I think we'd be living in a different political culture if some of those searches had been prompted several months earlier.) All told, there were 7,913 unique visitors and 19,028 visits in November. (Curiously, there were exactly 1,147 visits on November 1 and 1,147 visits on November 2.) The site's syndication feature (which allows digests like Bloglines or Kinja to pick up headlines from multiple blogs) was accessed almost 10,000 times last month — a little less than half of the site's traffic, in fact. All this is amazing. Thank you, everyone!
Copyright © 2004 by Philocrites | Posted 2 December 2004 at 8:27 PM