ELSEWHERE: Will G.K. Chesterton Become A Saint?

Earlier this month, it was announced that G.K. Chesterton—author of such influential works as Orthodoxy, The Everlasting Man, The Man Who Was Thursday, and the Father Brown series—had come one step closer to being canonized. Chesterton, or at least, the supporters of Chesterton's cause even have a potential supporter in Pope Francis, who had expressed support for Chesterton's canonization back when he was Archbishop of Buenos Aires. … [Read more...]

ELSEWHERE: A Missed Connection for the Ages

It's interesting to think about literary genres "coming of age." Often it has to do with the arrival of a work that realizes the potential of the genre like nothing that came before it. That day has come for the genre known as Craigslist Missed Connections, where a recent post ostensibly aimed at finding the woman in the "vintage white skirt and smart red blouse" goes off the functional rails and lands in downright literary territory. Read the text over at Gawker, and then tell your loved ones … [Read more...]

ELSEWHERE: Pacific Rim and the Immensity of God

While our own Geoffrey Reiter explored Del Toro's rejection of the apocalypse and love for humanity in Pacific Rim, over at The Gospel Coalition, John Perritt points us to the way Jaegers and Kaiju remind us of the fear of a truly immense Lord:  "No one and no thing deserves fear, for it belongs to the One who has the power to cast us into hell or receive us in heaven. Fear belongs to him and him alone." … [Read more...]

ELSEWHERE: U.S. State Department Shelters in Place

U.S. embassies are closed in 20 some nations this week. Apparently there's some intelligence that's pretty specific except for the location. Some have described the reaction as "cringing," arguing that it's unbecoming for the world's only superpower to hide at the mere threat of violence. Embassies, especially ours, have a precarious dual role: on the one hand, they represent a permanent diplomatic presence, a symbol of global cooperation. On the other hand, they are an island of sovereign … [Read more...]

ELSEWHERE: And The Twelfth Doctor Is…Capaldi?

This past weekend, the BBC held a major TV event to announce something of great import for geeks and nerds everywhere: the name of the actor who would be portraying the twelfth incarnation of the Doctor. Peter Capaldi, known for his foul-mouthed role in The Thick of It, will be the one at the TARDIS' controls when Doctor Who's eighth series premieres August 2014. … [Read more...]

ELSEWHERE: An Abandoned Walmart Becomes a Huge Library

For some, big box stores are a symbol for American over-consumption. In McAllen, Texas, one such structure is becoming a symbol for something else entirely: literacy. A derelict 124,500-square-foot Walmart there has been transformed into the largest single-floor public library in the United States. The massive overhaul involved the creation of over a dozen public meeting spaces and study areas, 64 computer labs, and an "acoustically separated lounge for teens." Here's to making all things new! … [Read more...]

ELSEWHERE: The First Cat Video Ever Made Dates Back to the Dawn of Film

Grumpy Cat. The Stalking Cat. Maru. Each one is a cat that has achieved celebrity status around the world for a quirk their owners were able to capture on film. Have you ever wondered when this trend began? Well, it turns out that the originator of the cat video worked for Thomas Edison. Here is his short film, entitled "The Boxing Cats." Timestamp: 1894—a year when nothing much happened because everyone was too busy watching and rewatching "The Boxing Cats." … [Read more...]

ELSEWHERE: The Doom of the Dome?

In June, I reviewed CBS’s summer series Under the Dome. Following the recent announcement that the show would be extended to a second season, NPR’s Linda Holmes gives some thoughtful insights into the difficulties of creating satisfactory resolutions for long-running American TV programs, along with some interesting contrasts to the British way of doing television. … [Read more...]

ELSEWHERE: Chicken-Little Blogging

Following up on Rachel Held Evans' popular piece on why millenials are leaving the church, over at Mere Orthodoxy, Jake Meador speaks to another trend: the rise of the "chicken-little" evangelical blogger, prognosticating the doom of the church. It's an interesting counter-point worth considering, especially if you found your heart aflutter with fear for the church's imminent demise. … [Read more...]

ELSEWHERE: Our Digital Soap Opera

You love social media for maintaining your dating groove. Then again, you hate it. Social media affords the opportunity for a non-committal, casual relationship style to prosper, eluding those old-fashioned consequences of traditional courtships. And yet, the Facebook updates, Twitter feeds, and the instant power to shoot and receive a text make those lingering, shallow relationships hard to shake. You are caught in a sickening digital "soap opera," as NPR recently explored. … [Read more...]