Ian Kevin Curtis 15 July 1956 – 18 May 1980
Joy Division, Unknown Pleasures, “Wilderness” Lent is our migration into exile, into our Wilderness. For the next forty days, we make it our home. We are nomads, dislocated from our familiar lands, with only our tattered pasts as markers, seeking out uncertain futures toward Easter. Forced on, our power of travel seems transcendent. We cross place […]
Lent approaches, as always, silently and without fanfare. This year, I will shape my Lenten writings around the songs of Joy Division. Consider it a commentary for a kind of Lenten soundtrack. Mind you, this is not a Christianizing of Joy Division in any way. If anything, it is a drawing of Lenten observers further […]
Ian Curtis, lead singer of Joy Division, passed away by his own hand thirty-three years ago, today. There was a time when that anniversary was not as important in the popular culture as it is now. Now, in the hands of two aging generations, Joy Division flourishes. Joy Division street art abounds around the world. The […]
Joy Division, “Passover” live at Ajanta Club, Derby, UK, April 19, 1980.
This sermon was offered at St. Lydia’s in Brooklyn, New York on the first Sunday of Lent, February 17, 2013. Worry. Luke 12.13-34 I was an anxious child. I worried about being left alone. I worried about doing the right thing, whatever that was. I worried that other kids would pick on me. I worried. And as I […]