About Nick Olson

Nick Olson (Associate Editor) loves the Triune God, his family, the arts, and culture. In 2010, he graduated with his MA in English from Liberty University. He now resides in central PA with his wife, Eliza, and their young son. When he’s not reading, watching films, grading papers, or enjoying his backyard, he’s plotting in hopes to pursue a PhD in American Literature with socio-philosophical emphases. He takes a James Hunter-approach to culture: affirmation and antithesis, but always in love. He watches the Pittsburgh Steelers and the NBA, and thinks that Colbert is often right, but always funny. Nick strives to live day-to-day in the eschatological Light that is the hope of the resurrected Christ. He’s written for Filmwell, Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Think Christian, Curator, and Literature & Belief.
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1. Breaking Bad: “Implicating the Rest of Us in His Fall” #CaPC25

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All this week, the writers of Christ and Pop Culture unveil their 25 most loved things of 2013.  Previous #2: Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City #1: Breaking Bad I’m not sure of the next time our investment in the state of a man’s soul will become the focus of a television cultural phenomenon quite like what we saw with Breaking Bad’s final season. Each Sunday night over the course of the eight episode run was an Event. Fans and television critics were abuzz on social media and pop … [Read more...]

20. Mad Men: “There’s the Slightest Hope” #CaPC25

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All this week, the writers of Christ and Pop Culture unveil their 25 most loved things of  2013.  Previous #21: The Mindy Project (FOX) #20: Mad Men (AMC) Thank God (spoilers ahead, obviously): by the end of season 6, Don Draper has had his Hershey moment.Some of my fondest childhood memories are of our family’s yearly summer trip to Hershey Park, a mere two hours from our central Pennsylvania home. One of our many traditions associated with the trip was to ride the Chocolate World tour ri … [Read more...]

The Moviegoer: Lost in the Cosmos, a Review of Gravity

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Each week in The Moviegoer, Nick Olson examines new and upcoming films."So was I once myself a swinger of birches. And so I dream of going back to be. It's when I'm weary of considerations, And life is too much like a pathless wood Where your face burns and tickles with the cobwebs Broken across it, and one eye is weeping From a twig's having lashed across it open. I'd like to get away from earth awhile And then come back to it and begin over. May no fate willfully misunderstand … [Read more...]

The Breaking Bad Finale: Walter White’s Do-It-Yourself Project

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Warning! The following contains spoilers, obviously. One way of charting the beginning of Walter White’s downfall is citing his initial refusal of Elliot’s and Gretchen’s offer to provide the money he needed for cancer treatment. During “Gray Matter,” Walt, clearly irked upon discovering Skyler’s plea for help to his former partners, fumes to his wife, “It was an offer for me to generously accept his charity.” Walt's staunch refusal to accept a gift is the root of his evil. This is also calle … [Read more...]

The Moviegoer: A Riotously Funny, Sobering Alcoholypse

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Each week in The Moviegoer, Nick Olson examines new and upcoming films.The World's End charts its destination by beginning with Gary King (Simon Pegg) fondly recounting what he thinks are the good old days. Twenty years prior, Gary and four of his high school buddies—Peter (Eddie Marsan), Oliver (Martin Freeman), Steven (Paddy Considine), and Andy (Nick Frost)—began The Golden Mile, a notorious pub crawl featuring 12 pubs strewn across their hometown, Newton Haven. Thinking this teenage s … [Read more...]

Mad Men Recap 6.12 & 13: There’s a Good Man in that Homesick Monster

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Mad Men Recap 6.12: "You're a Monster"The definitive image book-ending the recent Mad Men episode "The Quality of Mercy" is an overhead shot of Don Draper curled up in the fetal position--first on a children's bed in his apartment, then on the couch in his office. Awaking in bed alone, Megan finds Don curled up in the aforementioned position, and, concerned, orders him to take a "sick" day. Later in the day, then, Don and Megan go to the movies so that Don might escape pesky work calls. The f … [Read more...]

The Moviegoer: Man of Steel in Awesome, if not Guiding, Beams of Light

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Each week in The Moviegoer, Nick Olson examines new and upcoming films.In Zack Snyder's Man of Steel, the name "Superman" is only uttered once or twice, and when he wears the caped suit, it's a muted--not blinding bright--red and blue. Some viewers will chalk up the details of Snyder's (and Goyer's and Nolan's) reimagination to another instance of "going gritty"--and I suppose there's something to that, particularly in the film's controversial, climactic scene--but the mixture of grey to … [Read more...]

Mad Men Recap 6.10 & 11: “Be Slick, Be Glib, Be You!” But Don Has Children, Too

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Mad Men  Recap 6.10: "Be slick, be glib, be you!"Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce Cutler Gleason and Chaough have an identity crisis. "SCDPCGC" is the unofficial seven letter branding, but few people know it, and fewer still get it precisely right. Near the beginning of "A Tale of Two Cities," the partners of the newly merged firm convene for a brief meeting in the boardroom, and Jim Cutler complains that they received mail addressed to Sterling Gleason and Pryce. "From who?" Roger Sterling … [Read more...]

The Moviegoer: Ride or Die? A Fast and Furious 6 Conversation

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Each week in The Moviegoer, Nick Olson examines new and upcoming films.Editor's Note: If you're worried about spoilers then this probably isn't the conversation you're looking for.A movie like Fast and Furious 6 deserves more than a review. It deserves a 3500 word email conversation. And I couldn’t think of anyone else I’d rather have that discussion with than my good buddy Chris Gaumer, who is a professor of creative writing, a driver of a 1998 Jeep Cherokee, and, most importantly, t … [Read more...]

Mad Men Recap 6.8 & 9: What Holds People Together, A Wellspring of Confidence

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Mad Men Recap 6.8: What Holds People TogetherThis season of Mad Men's eighth episode, titled "The Crash," begins with Ken Cosgrove crashing a joy ride full of gallivanting middle-aged executives, but, emphasized by a jump-cut to a tall silhouetted figure smoking a cigarette outside of his former mistress's apartment, it's clearly Don Draper who is crashing. What Ken's speeding car crash and Don's post-mistress anxiety transition into is an office on "medicinal" speed. Trying to get a … [Read more...]


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