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Oops. I’m sorry about that. I had this beautiful idea and we got carried away with ourselves. Artists are prone to that kind of thing. Drop of megalomania, touch of generosity, dash of self-promotion, and deep fear that these songs that we poured our life into over the last few years mightn’t be heard. Bono

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Hearing U2’s album October for the first time set my life on a trajectory that continues to this day: finding God in the places some people say God isn’t supposed to be; looking for the truly sacred in the supposedly profane; discovering the kind of unmatched inspiration and spiritual elation elsewhere in culture… Cathleen Falsani

Most people think of U2 as a wildly popular rock band. Actually, they’re a wildly popular, semi-secretly Christian rock band. The Church of U2

Mr. Springsteen pointedly refers to himself as a “writer”—not a songwriter, mind you, but a writer. Recently he was caught on camera reading, pencil in hand, a book called Examined Lives: From Socrates to Nietzsche, a collection of short biographies of a dozen major philosophers. Though heart-warming to those of his fans who love the liberal arts, the photo was not shocking to devotees of Mr. Springsteen (a group that includes the author of this essay). Mr. Springsteen, who grew up in a house where the life of the mind was unimportant, and who only graduated high school, is an autodidact, whose has read more and more as he has grown older and whose interests have ranged from the fiction of John Steinbeck, Walker Percy, and Flannery O’Connor to works on American history and music. This reading, along with the experience that comes with age, has naturally brought him increased wisdom and added gravitas to his lyric-writing. Bruce Springsteen: American Gadfly

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