- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 7, 2001

Staring at the wall
"Pastor David Hart, 51, of San Diego often dresses in Gothic clothes and heads off into the night to befriend kids who are immersed in the city's Goth subculture….
"Among his many roles, he's pastor for MCM Music, a Gothic music label that's home to Christian artists such as Saviour Machine, Rackets and Drapes and Eva O formerly known as Evil Eva of the secular punk-Goth band Christian Death. He's the author of "It's all Rock-n-Roll" and the founder of Rock Talks Ministries, through which he lectures at schools, churches and youth camps on such topics as "Getting Goths to Christ."
"Hart says Goths are summarily misjudged by society.
"Goth kids are intellectual," he says. "[They] are well-read, artistic and passive. They mull and brood. Whereas metal music is more about banging your head on the wall, Goth music is more about staring at the wall."
Jimmy Stewart in "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" in the August issue of Charisma

You are how you write
"Here we are in the new millennium and the last days of pen and paper have not yet arrived. Children are still required to bring pencils to class. Adults continue to fill out forms, address letters and sign their names all by hand on a daily basis. Prospective employers look at handwriting samples for signs of instability. College entrance exams now include a handwritten essay….
"'I have no idea what I meant,' said my bewildered 16-year-old, David, struggling to decipher class notes he himself had written, but which now appeared to him like something in ancient Akkadian. My son is untroubled by his messy handwriting. 'It doesn't matter,' he assures me. 'I do most of my work on the computer.' But whenever I look through his notebooks, I see page after page of class notes, homework assignments and in-class exams in his manic scrawl. Even in the information age, penmanship remains a basic and essential skill; but it is not a skill that my son was ever trained to master. And he is far from atypical….
"Many boys do not learn how to write legibly. There are, of course, many examples of great men with questionable penmanship. Try deciphering a handwritten line from Sir Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt or John F. Kennedy. But these men had compensating assets including great wealth and distinguished schooling. What about the average boy?"
Christina Hoff Sommers in "The Write Stuff" in the summer issue of The Women's Quarterly

Devoured by loneliness
"When rock star Janis Joplin was a small girl, her mother one night found her sleepwalking outside, moving away from their house. 'Janis, what are you doing?' she shouted as her daughter kept walking. No reply. 'Where are you going?' she asked. 'I'm going home,' Janis said, still farther away. 'I'm going home.'
"Even as a child, Janis Joplin seemed to realize that her parents' house and 'the great nowhere' of the ugly oil-refinery town where they lived could never be her real home. Restless, always restless, she later was devoured by a loneliness so great that neither success nor her friends could assuage it.
"Like a force of nature, she blew aside conventions and rode the storm of her passion to the pinnacle of rock and roll. But even on the top of the world, she and thousands like her lived as nomads in an alien world. In Tom Wolfe's words, they were "sailing like gypsies along the service-center fringes" of America.
"After Janis Joplin overdosed on heroin at the age of 27, a close friend described her as the 'best publicized homeless person of the sixties.'"
Os Guinness in his new book, "Long Journey Home"

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