They said not to film Dr. West, so I didn't -- but look at this undoctored picture I caught with my camera phone -- that's his arm, bending like Gumby's. Awesome. Most memorable quote: "The cross is always higher than any flag." My overall impression is that this man "gets it," but he's getting old. He talked a little tonight about how each generation must find its authentic voice by engaging in an ever-renewing dialogue with the voices of the past (pretty standard protestant theology, I suppose)... he cited Snoop Dogg as a good example of a dude who's found an authentic, original voice.
That's true, but that example sort of dates West in my view. It's not his fault. He must be getting up onto 70 -- but the dialectic is already bouncing in another direction. In any case, he's gotta be one of the most entertaining old men alive. It was good to see and feel Charlotte's young and wise out for a night of intellectual stimulation.