While preparing for a talk next week (called, “God and Creativity: is Christianity bad for the arts?” – more on that next week), I came across this article over the regularly-excellent Relevant Magazine. The Biblical Basis for Fun by Adam and Christine Jeske I don’t have much to add, other than, “Yeeeess!” Fun is an … Continue reading Some Fun Thoughts
This week I was finally able to see Damien Hirst at Tate Modern. I’m a big fan of Hirst, and it was a treat to see so much of his work in one place. I saw some old favourites, like The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living and Pharmacy. But I think I may have added another piece to my list of favourites: The Anatomy of an Angel.
After an appallingly-long, completely unintended hiatus, I’m finally back. So I thought I’d start with an easy one – an introduction to one of my new favourite books – and I haven’t even finished it yet!
I’ve had Notes from the Tilt-a-Whirl on my Kindle for a couple of months, at the recommendation of my friend Mike. It was recommended to me again (and a few thousand other people) last week by my boss Jason, and I generally take notice of what he says. So I took the plunge.
It’s a brilliant book which wrestles playfully and joyfully with some big questions, expressing the sheer wonder and confusion of living in a fallen world made by God. It’s not really an art book, although it’s artfully written. But it’s a book which lays a crucial foundation for how we think about art and creativity, and in fact any other aspect of life as we cling to this moist, spinning ball of rock we call home.
With the big day just a few hours away, here’s a little something for Christmas. It’s a painting called “The Mystical Nativity” (or rather, that’s what it has come to be known as), and it was painted by Sandro Botticelli in Italy around 1500-1501. And I’m seriously loving it at the moment!
At a conference a few weeks back, a friend of mine had generously made some excellent brownies for the staff team. What I should have said was, “thank you Lewis, for generously making these excellent brownies for the staff team.” What I actually said was, “good crumb structure. Crisp on the outside, soft in the middle. That is a good bake.”