Elsewhere: The Help, Lost, Elections, Muppets Marrying, Lawns, etc.

Jorge Albor says the new game, From Dust, “reflects the very human need to personalize divinity.

Ian Bogost shares why debates about videogames aren’t really about videogames and offers a helpful way forward. This is the best article about videogames I have read in a while.

Apparently Americans don’t actually hate evangelicals.

James Wood is having trouble finding comfort in secularism.

Alan Jacobs on why we can’t teach students to love reading.

Martha Southgate and Natasha Robinson, two African American writers, share their reactions to The Help.

Here’s an article that asks all the right questions about Spotify.

I reviewed an iPhone game you should probably get over at Kill Screen.

Over at Think Christian, Deborah Lewis writes a wonderful article about the importance of play.

Jon Accuff writes one of my favorite “Stuff Christians Like” so far: Things I Shouldn’t Know Exist.

Former writer, Chase Livingston, shares Lost’s 8 Eternal Truths. Pretty hilarious.

Erin N.
On Muppet Marriage (or not)

Here’s an interesting article on religion and the coming 2012 elections.

Here’s a weird one on “…taking the heretical homeowner step of disavowing the front lawn…”

Erin S.
Science has given us another way to share our faith: Just talk about the God Spot in every brain.

Nice penmanship is so yesterday.

What made me laugh this week: Jason Alexander serves as celebrity spokesman for the Netflix Relief Fund.

Music Matters: David Bowie, Still Not Quite an Atheist
The Ghosts of Christmas Past
Citizenship Confusion: When WORLD Mag Promotes a Radical Anti-Muslim Advocate
The Kiddy Pool: Taking A Slower Family Path
About Richard Clark

Richard H. Clark is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Christ and Pop Culture. He has a Master of Arts in Theology and the Arts from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He lives in Louisville, Ky. He is also the managing editor of Gamechurch and a freelance writer for Unwinnable, Paste, and other outlets.
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  • http://friarsfires.blogspot.com/ Brett

    The “penmanship” article link is not working.

  • http://goodokbad.com/ Seth T. Hahne

    The penmanship link works if you chop the ?_s=PM:LIVING. off the end.

    It was a bit of a funny article, rhapsodizing more often than it presented any solid argument in favour of cursive handwriting. (The title here is misleading, as the article has little to do with actual penmanship and more to do with the gradual abandonment of cursive.)

    The opening lines were great: declaring wild, illegible signatures to bear any relation to penmanship is a hoot. Signatures are not meant to adhere to any particular form of lettering. They’re meant to be unique identifiers, signaling that you are you and not another. I always tell my wife that she doesn’t actually have a signature because hers is merely her name formed of handwriting perfectly consistent of how those letters would appear in any word that contained the same letters.

    Personally, I can no longer read cursive. In juniour high, I found that cursive was too slow and so I abandoned it for a kind of quick-printing style. Some letter-pairs blend in approximation of what was trying to be accomplished in formal cursive (such as when an e follows an h), but for the most part, my letters stand alone, a balance of high legibility and speed. Because of this abandonment, I’ve lost the ability to interpret most handwriting. I have to have my wife read letters that come from her mom, since I have to slowly pick my way through them, only able to make out between 90 and 95% of the characters written. (And her penmanship seems acceptable.)

    I’m pretty sure no one has any difficulty reading my writing.

  • John

    Had Bogost as a professor…dude is scary smart