‘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...]

Don’t Close Your Wallet Yet: It’s Giving Tuesday

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Scooch over, Thanksgiving Thursday, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday. There’s a fourth holiday in the mix, making our fall U.S. Holiday trio a newly formed quartet.It’s called Giving Tuesday. In its second year, Giving Tuesday has already gained a remarkable following. Here’s how the movement is explained on its Web site: “We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. This year help us create #GivingTuesday. A new day for giving back. On Tuesday December 3, 2013, global chari … [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...]

Thanksgiving and Giving Thanks: Similar, but Different

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Thanksgiving, as wonderful a holiday as it is, can often be a concentrated source of feelings that are anything but thankful. If you are the one hosting, you've got to clean the whole house and figure out how everyone is going to fit at the table. The newest family member is on a diet and can't eat anything but green peas, so now what? You forgot the extra pound of butter you need for your pastry dough and have to run to the grocery store and wait in those terribly long lines, where everyone a … [Read more...]

Black Friday is a Monster that Must Be Stopped!

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When I was kid, I liked creepy old horror movies. I have fond memories of watching The Wolf Man, Frankenstein, and my all-time favorite, The Blob. The Blob was about this amorphous alien thing that crashed onto planet Earth via meteorite. It was a black, tar-looking thing that basically devoured everything it touched, and every time it devoured something, it grew larger. Friends, Black Friday is the Blob. It has burst its bounds and is threatening to devour the single greatest holiday that we … [Read more...]

Why Are We Still Surprised When “Entertainment” Does More Than Entertain Us?

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Bruce Springsteen is an icon of rock n' roll, a modern day troubadour who has spent the last four decades singing about the lives and struggles of the working class, the down and out, and the dispossessed. And now, thanks to Rutgers professor Azzan Yadin-Israel, he's the subject of a college course. More specifically, a college course titled "Bruce Springsteen's Theology" that, as the title implies, examines the spiritual and theological undercurrents in The Boss' music.In a recent … [Read more...]

The Human Generation: How the Last Generation of Videogame Consoles Changed Gaming Forever

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We’ve come a long way since the generation that offered up Halo and Grand Theft Auto as exemplars of what games could do. No other generation has ever represented such a massive shift in public perception and understanding of what games are about than the generation of the Wii, Xbox 360, and Playstation 3. I could go on and on about this, but here are a few ways games changed that meant something. 1) Real people played together. The generation of the Xbox and Playstation 2 were all about the in … [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...]


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