The very witty and insightful introduction to the arthouse movie:
an arthouse film has an intrusive, overbearing soundtrack that won’t give the audience a chance to relax for one second. Often these films are scored by the remorseless minimalist Philip Glass, whose music is at least as annoying as anything that takes place on screen. Integral components of a good arthouse film are a song or two by Leonard Cohen, Björk, tango master Astor Piazzolla and perhaps something introspective by Bach, though Albinoni will do in a pinch. You will rarely hear Slade or the Four Seasons or Wham! in an arthouse film. You are unlikely to hear Mariah Carey. And if you do, the director is being malevolently ironic.
Daniel Libeskind builds his first house.
I love the animated gif renaissance.
Finally, two Hauerwasian delights. The first is him owning people on BBC Radio 4, “God judges us and that’s a very good thing”. Fascinating if only in this, Hauerwas, the only Christian, is the only one on the panel who is against religion. And the second is his open letter to students who are starting college this year:
But you are a Christian. This means you cannot go to college just to get a better job. These days, people talk about college as an investment because they think of education as a bank account: You deposit the knowledge and expertise you’ve earned, and when it comes time to get a job, you make a withdrawal, putting all that stuff on a résumé and making money off the investment of your four years. Christians need jobs just like anybody else, but the years you spend as an undergraduate are like everything else in your life. They’re not yours to do with as you please. They’re Christ’s.
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