Science Fiction’s Dark Star: Alfred Bester at 100

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It would be easy to miss, but December 18 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Alfred Bester, one of the pioneers of modern science fiction. A Manhattan native, Bester began his career as a writer in earnest in the 1940s, publishing pulp science fiction, penning radio scripts, and doing work for DC Comics on Superman and Green Lantern titles. In the 1950s, however, he followed the trend of science fiction away from the short story magazine world to the realm of novels. It was in this … [Read more...]

‘Atlantis’ Is a Lost City (and a Lost Opportunity)

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Following Doctor Who’s long-awaited return on November 23, BBC America premiered the first episode of another British import, Atlantis. Atlantis follows Jason (Jack Donnelly), a 21st century man who, in seeking his lost father, is brought to ancient Atlantis. There, he quickly finds himself in the odd company of the geeky mathematician Pythagoras (Robert Emms) and the dissolute “hero” Hercules (Mark Addy). An oracle of Poseidon (Juliet Stevenson) reveals that Jason originally hails from Atlantis … [Read more...]

Here’s a Gift Idea: Great Graphic Novels for Kids

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At this point in our cultural history, it's pretty much well-acknowledged that graphic novels are cool, legitimate vehicles for storytelling. Comics aren't just Superman and Batman beating up on villains and/or each other every month. There are sports comics and mystery comics and autobiographical comics and love stories and war stories and stories that will make your heart hurt so badly that you may feel truly alive for the first time in forever. The medium has grown and matured—and for the l … [Read more...]

Celebrating C. S. Lewis: ‘The Silver Chair’

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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. There is no substitute for Lewis’s celebrated children’s series The Chronicles of Narnia: readers can delight in them as children and retu … [Read more...]

Celebrating C. S. Lewis: ‘Surprised by Joy’

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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.Are you ever surprised by Joy? It is quite likely that you are, if you ever experience it at all. Like its source, Joy isn't the sort of th … [Read more...]

Celebrating C. S. Lewis: ‘The Screwtape Letters’

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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.I sat in a coffee shop with my friend Crystal, in the midst of our bustling university town, and our conversation inevitably turned to fait … [Read more...]

The Objectionable Fiction of ‘Immigrant Fiction’

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In a recent NY Times Sunday Book Review, Jhumpa Lahiri was asked the question: "What immigrant fiction has been the most important to you, both personally and as an inspiration for your own writing?" This was her answer: "I don’t know what to make of the term 'immigrant fiction.' Writers have always tended to write about the worlds they come from. And it just so happens that many writers originate from different parts of the world than the ones they end up living in, either by choice or by n … [Read more...]

Celebrating C. S. Lewis: ‘Till We Have Faces’

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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.The first time I read C. S. Lewis’s Till We Have Faces, I approached it all wrong. I thought I was picking up another take on Narnia, with … [Read more...]

Celebrating C.S. Lewis: “The Shoddy Lands”

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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.Given how much conflict there is over the interpretation of “The Shoddy Lands” and what that means about Lewis’s character (being often rea … [Read more...]

Jason Isbell’s Decoration Day and Stories of Truth

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A Jason Isbell song is not just a song; it’s a 3-5 minute novel. His 2013 album Southeastern is being regarded as one of the best (and my personal favorite) albums of the year—primarily because of its beautiful songwriting. Isbell’s whole career has been marked by exceptional storytelling, songs like “Danko/Manuel”, “Chicago Promenade”, and “Codeine” hit me in the same way as the powerful short stories of Flannery O’Connor, Elmore Leonard, or Harry Crews.Like O’Connor, Leonard, and Crews, Isb … [Read more...]


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