Cheesus, McLuhan, Spalding Gray and Spielberg.

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Yesterday I successfully mounted a new satellite dish so we can use our TiVo to full advantage. It was a project not without risk and miscalculation and so it was when our college daughter dropped by for a visit she found me absorbed in a project and unable to pull myself away for a chat. The minute she left I regretted my bad priorities and also thought of Marshall McLuhan (foto right from elecrtonic media at CSU Chico) who warned, “All media work us over completely. They are so pervasive in their personal, political, economic, aesthetic, psychological, moral, ethical and social consequences that they leave no part of us untouched, unaffected, unaltered. The medium is the massage.” Read more of his great quotes today at Seeker’s On journey.

My personal absorption with the Spalding Gray’s disappearance has come to an unhappy end. His body was found yesterday. I first became intrigued with Gray in the 70’s when his “Swimming to Cambodia” introduced him to me and to the idea of relentless self-absorption converted into a career as a monologuist. I am still haunted by the knowledge that before slipping into the waters of the Hudson he viewed “Big Fish” with his kids, a movie in which the central character ends his life slipping into the water.

Schindler’s list is released today and Stephen Spielberg’s stories of anti-semitism in his youth are revealing.

Perhaps even more revealing is the David Brooks editorial on “Religion Lite,” his commentary on Mitch Albom’s “Five People You Meet IN Heaven” and comparison to Mel Gibson’s sterner “Passion.”

And from the sublime to the ridiculous, one of your fellow readers’ send me a web site that offers cheese sculpted in religious themes don’t miss “The Power of Cheesus.” Pass it on.

Remember, “these are the best of times and the worst of times, but they are the only times we have.” (For Now).

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