About Martyn Jones

Martyn Jones is a Chicago-area writer with abiding interests in phenomenology, reformed theology, and contemporary fiction. Since graduating from Wheaton College in 2010, he has worked for Apple, written for Groupon, and received his M.A. in philosophy from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium. Marty writes sporadically for supercurriculum.blogspot.com, and you can follow him on Twitter: @martynwendell.

Ocean’s 11, 1944: Sorting through the Jumble of THE MONUMENTS MEN

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 Picture this: It’s 1941 in Paris, and a young SS commander named Stahl has forced his way into the apartment of a French art curator to notify her that her brother was found to be working for the French Resistance and summarily shot. The curator works for the commander at a museum where Stahl oversees the city’s art collections and picks out the best pieces for shipment back to the Fatherland. He threatens the curator that if he finds her allegiance to lie with the Resistance she to … [Read more...]

Journey through the Judgement House

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To give you a taste of the kind of content found in each issue of Christ and Pop Culture Magazine, each day for the next two weeks, we’ll be counting down our ten favorite features from the magazine in 2013, allowing you the rare opportunity to read each exclusive magazine feature in full. For more features like this, download the magazine for iPad and iPhone from Apple’s Newstand. Number 1: Martyn Jones visits a "Judgement House" designed to scare people into acknowledging their mortality, and … [Read more...]

The Body of Christ, the Balloons of Salvation: On Christian Balloon Twisting

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To give you a taste of the kind of content found in each issue of Christ and Pop Culture Magazine, each day for the next two weeks, we’ll be counting down our ten favorite features from the magazine in 2013, allowing you the rare opportunity to read each exclusive magazine feature in full. For more features like this, download the magazine for iPad and iPhone from Apple’s Newstand.Number 4: Balloon twisting for Jesus is an easy topic for mockery, but Martyn Jones considers some of the thicke … [Read more...]

7. Welcome to Night Vale: “Your Thoughts Return to the Dog Park” #CaPC25

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All this week, the writers of Christ and Pop Culture unveil their 25 most loved things of 2013.  Previous #8: Moone Boy (Hulu) #7: Welcome To Night Vale Your thoughts keep returning to the dog park. Why are there no dogs at the dog park? You frown and concentrate on the unfolding conversation. A man sits across from you in a tan jacket. He is trying to sell you a fly. It darts around at the end of a string that that he has tied to his left forefinger. He folds his hands on his lap and smiles. … [Read more...]

Celebrating C.S. Lewis: ‘A Grief Observed’

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Editor’s Note: November 22, 2013, will mark the fiftieth anniversary of C. S. Lewis’s death. On that day, he will be given a place in Westminster Abbey’s renowned Poet’s Corner. In commemoration of this event, all this week Christ and Pop Culture contributors will be writing about the works by C. S. Lewis that have been most personally significant to them.“Meanwhile, where is God?” C. S. Lewis asks: [G]o to Him when your need is desperate, when all other help is vain, and what do you find? A … [Read more...]

I Finally Made Myself Watch The Exorcist, and I Did Not Leave Without Hope

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Each October in Logan Square, a Chicago neighborhood where I used to live, the Logan Theater does a run of late-night showings of classic horror films. Hundreds of people turn out to see movies like The Shining and Halloween on the big screen, queuing up at the ticket booth even in the wee hours on a weeknight. They buy 16 oz PBR Tall Boys with large popcorns, yell out answers to pre-film trivia, and laugh. The joyful, boozy, and communal mockery of these films’ campiness is part of the f … [Read more...]

ELSEWHERE: New Study Suggests ‘Porn Addiction’ Is a Smutty Fiction

Chicago's RedEye reports on a recent UCLA study on porn addiction. While self-described porn addicts' compulsions do resemble those of shopping, gambling, and tanning addicts, brain scans demonstrate an essential difference in psychic processes: Brains hooked on porn show clear neurological signs of evaluating and choosing when presented with smutty images; those signs vanish for cocaine addicts presented with their drug. Redeye suggest that porn addiction is not its own disease, but a symptom … [Read more...]

ELSEWHERE: Jesus is having a moment in literary fiction

Many hands have wrung recently over an apparent dearth of writers of faith in the world of letters. While that charge is disputable, it is certainly not disputable that Jesus has been getting a lot of literary attention in recent months. An article in the Guardian aggregates these additions to the long history of fictional riffing on the life of Christ. One of the novels mentioned, Colm Tóibín's The Testament of Mary, is on this year's shortlist for the prestigious Man Booker Prize. … [Read more...]

ELSEWHERE: A Beginner’s Guide to David Foster Wallace

Today marks the five-year anniversary of the death of David Foster Wallace, an author whose hyper self-aware prose style has helped shape the contemporary American literary scene. Reading Wallace can be daunting—particularly his dense and often heavily-footnoted fiction, the last iteration of which we reviewed here—but making the effort is apt to pay back dividends. If you're standing on the lip of the pool, unsure of whether to dive in the deep end or step lightly into the shallows, let Cult of … [Read more...]

ELSEWHERE: Christopher Lasch Wouldn’t Call Narcissism a Millennial Novelty

Lots of people like writing about Millennials, and lots of people who like writing about Millennials like pointing out how unprecedentedly narcissistic all of the Millennials are.Over at A Common Vision, Daniel Saunders reexamines the phenomenon of narcissism through the lens of Christopher Lasch's still-prescient book on the topic. It seems narcissism as a cultural pathology predates the dawn of the internet and social media and even Millennials, hard as that is to believe. The roots of the … [Read more...]


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