Spiritualized by Sufjan Stevens

Posted by Paul Anderson | Thursday, July 31, 2008 @ 11:33 PM

A little while back I asked a few of our In Theory columnists what secular music spiritually inspires them. They liked Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin and Pete Seeger, among many others. I do too. Dylan’s “Blood On the Tracks” is an all-time favorite. I might add that Stevie Wonder has penned many songs that move me spiritually.

But for me, one of the most spiritually inspiring contemporary songwriters is Sufjan Stevens.


Loose ends from Obama’s visit

Posted by Paul Anderson | Tuesday, July 15, 2008 @ 11:39 PM

I got locked out of Barack Obama’s fundraiser in Newport Beach Sunday so I patrolled the sidelines for hours looking for stories. I ended up getting a few good ones, which I wrote about for the paper here. On Monday, we wanted some extra stuff to advance the story so I did some more reporting, which you can read here.

But, believe it or not, I’ve got a little more.


I owe Joe

Posted by Paul Anderson | Friday, July 11, 2008 @ 12:55 AM

What a crazy week.

We were down to two full-time reporters and a few part-time interns.  It’s never easy filling our news hole each day, but it’s miraculous to do it with such a small staff. But our guys really delivered this week and I’m incredibly proud of them.

Still, there was a moment Tuesday night when I was struck with sheer panic. Columnist Joe Bell e-mailed me saying he wanted to take the week off. I barely had enough news stories to fill the paper as it was, but now I had another hole.


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