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My Latest for Tikkun: Sufjan Stevens
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From: catfishvegas Date: November 15th, 2005 07:45 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I really like the notion of the satiny lining - not hidden, not displayed, but simply existing. Of course, if you're intrigued by one glimpse of that satiny lining, you'll spend the rest of the show straining for more glimpses.
I think Stevens' Christianity is acceptable to most hipsters because of his (apparent, through songs) approach. It's certainly not evangelical, and it's not tortured Catholic youth. His is a religious studies or a literary allusion sort of Christianity. For whatever reason, he's retained his fascination with the Christian notions of devinity. It's a respect for the intellectualism of Christianity and the traditions. It's a reminder that Christianity is an incredibly varied entity - Stevens' God is not the God of George W. Bush, for example.
I think Stevens' approach to religion fits well with his stage show and albums in general. He has a childlike fascination with religion, just as he does with serial killer tales, superhero legends and the other stories and minute factoids that really make up the cloth of a place.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: November 15th, 2005 08:16 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I agree with everything you say here. More than that, though, I want to say that I love the way you wrote it. "The cloth of a place" -- nice!
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