I’m researching the history of confession as I rewrite my play. It’s late and my brain is burned, but I can hardly wrap my head around some of these rules.
As I worked thru the paragraph below, one thing came to mind: subprime lending penalties. Where do you go for spiritual bailouts?
The reconciliation of the sinner with God has as a further consequence the revival of those merits which he had obtained before committing grievous sin. Good works performed in the state of grace deserve a reward from God, but this is forfeited by mortal sin, so that if the sinner should die unforgiven his good deeds avail him nothing. So long as he remains in sin, he is incapable of meriting: even works which are good in themselves are, in his case, worthless: they cannot revive, because they never were alive. But once his sin is cancelled by penance, he regains not only the state of grace but also the entire store of merit which had, before his sin, been placed to his credit. On this point theologians are practically unanimous: the only hindrance to obtaining reward is sin, and when this is removed, the former title, so to speak, is revalidated. On the other hand, if there were no such revalidation, the loss of merit once acquired would be equivalent to an eternal punishment, which is incompatible with the forgiveness effected by penance. As to the further question regarding the manner and extent of the revival of merit, various opinions have been proposed; but that which is generally accepted holds with Francisco Suárez (De reviviscentia meritorum) that the revival is complete, i.e., the forgiven penitent has to his credit as much merit as though he had never sinned.
Seriously, couldn’t Kanye just have chosen another moment to take a giant dump on stage? Or better yet, he could just take a year off and not. What’shisname the host was already “memorable” enough by going on and on about how katy Perry had a hole in her trousers needing to be filled or whatever other sexually explicit thought came to his otherwise vacuous mind.
As the fallout from Kanye’s VMA dick-move keep rolling in, I think I’m leaning towards Kanye more and more. Katy Perry said it was like he “stepped on a kitten.” Pink called him “the biggest piece of shit on earth.” Really? The biggest?
I think it’s time to get real, this was the Video Music Awards. If he hadn’t been the punk he is, would anyone have even remembered the show (except for the part when that hoodrat jumped on stage to pose with Jay-Z and Alicia Keys).
And no, I don’t feel sorry for Taylor Swift. I don’t know anything about her music (and still have zero interest) but I will at least remember her name now. The Democratic opponent of Joe “You’re A Liar” Wilson raised over a mil after Wilson decided to heckle Obama. I can only guess how much Swift is gonna make with the inevitable sales bump from the free publicity after this.
My closing argument before I stop thinking about this and get on with my life: what other pop artist can you think of was a big enough punk to call out Bush over Hurricane Katrina?
Saw this trailer yesterday. I can’t wait for the fall, when the summer movie blockbusters are gone and the studios release more of their smaller (and usually better) flicks like The Men Who Stare At Goats.
I dig a good big-budget ride, but GI Joe? Seriously? I only lasted thru about twenty mins of that expensive piece of dookie…
Anyway: whether Goats turns out to be a badass film or a dud, it’s inspiring to see something original and offbeat get produced. Complete geek moment at 0:22 to see Ewan “Obi-Wan” McGregor scoffing at Clooney’s Jedi talk.
“Why hasn’t NewTeeVee, Tubefilter or Tilzy created a, say, Top 20 web series list? It can be changed monthly — and if a show–even with only two viewers–is shot, acted and written better than the Guild, then it should be on top. It shouldn’t be about numbers or what’s popular, but quality. Quality as compared to TV, not to “Fred.” It’s a simple idea, but at least it gives us a cohesive place to look for top shows. It also gives smaller shows something to work for (getting on the list).”—Yuri Baranovsky
Blood & Thunder: a Katrina play not about Katrina.
I’ll be trying to fill in the holes in the Blood & Thunder script this weekend. Love it/hate it when I hear a script read by actors who get the characters; they show me all the things I missed when the story was only in my head and on paper. Wish me luck that I don’t mess the thing up more…
I’m currently slogging thru a script for a five episode sci-fi webseries. So far the biggest challenge has been finding the right voices for the characters. I like writing edgy people who don’t talk nice, and the series is set on the “wrong side” of the galaxy (influence range: BSG, Firefly, orig. Star Wars…).
Definitely a challenge to write Orlando’s Joint-style swearage when it’s aliens doing the talking. And to not just rip off BSG’s “frak” or just make up something that sounds like “shazbot” and has no edge to it.