In the self-promotion department, T.J. McIntyre gives a great review of Dark Faith in his July book reviews.

General:

On Lacking All Conviction – “Taking it all in, it must be said that the landscape is as follows: We have an administration that will contort itself to defend a movement whose convention speakers call for the reinstatement of the tools of segregation. That same administration will swiftly jettison an appointee, herself the victim of homegrown terrorism, for echoing the kind of message of redemption and personal responsibility that has become the president’s hallmark on race.”  Speaking of which, there this A Peak into the Conservative Imagination: Ms. Sherrod’s Speech Was Most Certainly Not About Transcending Racism

Racialicious:

Ninjas Say What? – watch it, thank/yell at me later.

WWII hero Vernon Baker fought fascism over there, racism at home – With the death last week of Medal of Honor recipient Vernon J. Baker, who was 90, the time has come to heed his final commands: You don’t have to remember him as a hero, the retired Army lieutenant told me during a visit to Washington in 1997; just don’t forget the sacrifices made by African American soldiers during World War II.

Black parents … white baby – O genetics can be a fickle beast.

Since I’m in an against the grain mood, here’s an interesting piece on the question Is NAACP blind to Farrakhan & Co.? The Nation of Islam is built on racism and lies

Spiritual:

Super Heroes vs. the Westboro Baptist Church – ftr, if you find yourself on the same side of Fred Phelps, it makes you re-think your place in life.  Luckily, I’m already on record for not having to apologize for the idiots who claim to be on “my team”.

Credit Card Usury and the Christian Response – an interview with Paul Jesep on his book about the call for Christians to engage in stopping Credit Card Usury as a justice issue.

Are Christians Really….? 6 – “When it comes to measures of love and compassion, Christians do well compared to society. They are neighborly, forgiving, and care for the poor. Church attendance increases the numbers for each. But, Christians, esp Evangelicals, don’t do well when it comes to accepting minorities, — racial and sexual — as well as the rest of society.”

Evangelicalism’s Radical Diversity 2 – “What this book shows to me is that evangelicals have done a poor job educating the public and culture what it really believes, and instead have allowed a minority viewpoint to become the defining term. Here are some of their claims:  1. Prior to the 19th Century virtually no Christian thinker believed in the “rapture” theory … 2. Today the majority of Christian in the world do not believe this”

Open Mic: Short-Term Mission Trips – “According to Warren Cole Smith in his book, A Lover’s Quarrel with the Evangelical Church (full review to come later this weekend), short-term mission trips may be more of a problem than a productive way of doing the work of Christ’s Kingdom.”  I know I’ve already shared some of my issues with mission trips.

The Wesleyan Quadrilateral Step by Step (by T) 2 – “Our questions on Tradition are these:  Who makes up your community? Who are “your people?”  Think along both descriptive and prescriptive lines; what groups, cultures, traditions (in and out of church) actually shape your theology, and who should, or who do you want to shape it?”

Writing:

Jay Lake and Tobias Buckell discuss mid-career advice.  When you first start writing, you ask certain questions and read blogs for certain kinds of information.  As you start covering some serious career ground, you find yourself asking different questions, with less information out there.

Reports of blogging’s death have been greatly exaggerated – how do we know?  Because Cory Doctorow tells us so.  Which is a good thing, cause I put in a lot of time here.

Amazon snags exclusive deal for e-editions – Amazon snags 2-year exclusive deal with Wylie Agency for e-editions of 20th century novels.  On the flip side, here’s What Amazon didn’t say about e-books.
Nathan Bransford gives us the Top 10 Myths About Our E-book Future.

Victoria Strauss tells us about The Importance of Self-Editing.

An interview with Nnedi Okorafor.

Local:

Ceramic Dreams, a Painting Pottery Studio & Gift Gallery Boutique, is celebrating its FIVE-Year Anniversary on Saturday, July 24, 2010 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The celebration is taking place at the “54th & Monon Shops” (1134 E. 54th St., Studio G) with FREE hot dogs, FREE anniversary cake, FREE giveaways, specials on painting pottery, specials on glass fusing, and sales in the gift shop.

Ethnic restaurants serve up a world of flavor – A great article on the 38th street corridor’s world flavors.  Hope the photo gallery doesn’t make you too hungry.

Matt Forbeck lets us know a few highlights for GenCon – “The fine folks at Reactor 88 Studios have lined up an afterparty following their big event at Gen Con: Reactor 88 Studios: Behind the Scenes. With luck, we should have a rough-cut of the InSpectres proof-of-concept to show there. In that, you’ll see me in all my gory-zombie goodness.”

The 48 Hour Film Project – The 48 Hour Film Project is a wild and sleepless weekend in which you and a team make a movie — write, shoot, edit and score it — in just 48 hours. On Friday night, you get a character, a prop, a line of dialogue and a genre, all to include in your movie. 48 hours later, the movie must be complete. Then it will show at a local theater, usually in the next week.  The Indianapolis location of the 48 Hour Film Project, produced by Big Car for the second year, returns July 30-Aug. 1. And online registration is now open. Just visit the Indianapolis 48HFP website – http://www.48hourfilm.com/indianapolis – for more information and to reserve your spot in this year’s competition.

Book Club artist reception – already looking ahead to next month’s First Friday.   The Harrison Center and Herron Art Library of the IUPUI University Library are pleased to present Book Club, our third annual book arts exhibit. This year’s exhibit will feature work by Hector del Campo, Bruce Campbell, Gatis Cirulis, Tehniyet Hussain, David Johnson, Ashley Judd, Brooke Merry, Elizabeth Nelson, Katya Reka, Lori Scott, Kevin Steele and Sarah Strong as well as a sampling from the Herron Art Library’s permanent collection. Returning this year to present are Bill and Vicki Stewart of Vamp & Tramp Booksellers, LLC.