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October 05, 2009


Tim - -thanks for these!
FYI, I actually thought I heard Neil say that the "born-again movement" at Mt Temple was seen as a fresh third way *between* the 2 choices of knuckling under to staid establishment Catholicism or rebelling against it -- that its sense of being authentically expressive made it *more* credible (tho not to him.)

Thanks Beth. I was actually trying to decipher what he was saying about it. I hope Scott and co. make some audio recordings available; that would be helpful. One of the "take aways" for me from Neil's presentation was that the boys were already attempting to be counter-cultural by not doing what everybody else was doing (i.e. rebelling against the establishment or blindly succumbing to it. Is that a fair assessment? It seems that the band was birthed in hope (as opposed to the anger/angst or apathy of their peers). While I realize there was still plenty of rage related to homes and culture, they were unique in that they were optomists. It's part of their DNA.

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