The Church and Resegregated Schools: A Must Read Sample of CaPC Magazine

Online, everything is free, legally or not. And everyone has an opinion on everything. So why should you support CaPC by subscribing to Christ and Pop Culture Magazine?Here are six good reasons: 1. Because of our exclusive, featured articles. If you've come to enjoy our thoughtful, in-depth features, you can still find them on the website. But our best work is exclusive to CaPCMag. Each issue comes with two exclusive features written and edited specifically for the app. This is smart, C … [Read more...]

God And Country Music: New Avett Brothers Album Means Only Good Things

Yesterday, the Avett Brothers announced a new single and an upcoming album, Magpie and the Dandelions. After only about a year since their last release, The Avett Brothers are cranking out another album and that is good news for fans because, really, a bad Avett Brothers album is still a good album. Their last album The Carpenter was a bad Avett Brothers album compared to 2009’s I And Love And You or 2004’s Mignonette, but it still has some of the most beautiful songs of 2012 on it. Really, it's … [Read more...]

10 Reasons Cormac McCarthy and Ridley Scott’s “The Counselor” is Probably Going to be Terrible

I love Cormac McCarthy, a lot. Ever since I read Blood Meridian for a Freshman Composition class (no, really) I've been in love with the man's prose. I read all his novels, wrote my Master's thesis on him, visited his archives at TSU San Marcos and read his original manuscripts, taught The Road in several courses, published two papers on him in literary journals, wrote about his works for CaPC (here, and here, and here), and was even quoted in Wikipedia on No Country for Old Men (no, real … [Read more...]

CaPC Magazine Issue #9 is Now Available: Community and Education

The Christ and Pop Culture Magazine is available for download in the iOS app store for free. After the free sample issue, auto-renewing subscriptions are $2.99 for a month or $29.99 for a year. Each issue comes with six or seven high-quality articles, a mix of exclusive and curated content, and is offered up in an elegant and minimalist format with no ads, widgets or distractions, putting the emphasis on the reading experience.On top of all this, you'll be helping to support the people … [Read more...]

Sin in Syndication: Breaking the ‘Community’ Spirit

NBC’s comedy Community has always survived while on the cusp of cancellation, thanks in large part to a small but vocal and devoted fan base. The series' ostensible plot follows the standard grab-bag of misfits who've ended up at Greendale Community College; they are initially brought together by the conniving of slick former lawyer Jeff Winger (Joel McHale), who contrives a study group as a subterfuge to mask his intentions toward hard-left activist Britta Perry (Gillian Jacobs).  Despite -- or … [Read more...]

Tony Soprano: The Line Between Good and Evil

By Ethan McCarthyBy now most of us have heard that James Gandolfini passed away on June 19. The American actor, best known for his much acclaimed lead role in HBO’s The Sopranos, was vacationing in Rome with his family when he died unexpectedly of a heart attack, aged just 51.Gandolfini was, of course, many things besides an actor, and it would be unfair to reduce him to his body of work or his public persona. He was a husband, a father, and a friend, and the outpouring of love and grief … [Read more...]

Ariel Castro and the Quest for Justice

Ariel Castro is a criminal of the worst sort. Outside of a horror novel, you will rarely encounter the sort of demented cruelty that Castro inflicted upon his victims. In case you haven't already read about it, Ariel Castro kidnapped, enslaved, raped, impregnated, and otherwise tortured three women in his house over the course of ten years. He chained them up, hid them, and prevented them from having any contact with the outside world. When family or friends came around looking for them, he … [Read more...]

The “Millennial Unease” of Vampire Weekend’s Modern Vampires of the City

Modern Vampires of the City, the third album from the New York- based rock band Vampire Weekend, released on May 14 this year, and (to my own great surprise, not having loved their earlier work) I’ve hardly stopped playing it. The band’s first two albums (Vampire Weekend, 2008; Contra, 2010) brought popular and critical acclaim. The albums also brought vitriolic criticism for being privileged white boys with a boat-shoes-and-blazer aesthetic playing with African rhythms. (I’m told you can’t writ … [Read more...]

The Kiddy Pool: Lions and Little Foxes

It’s taken me a long time to come to terms with the “peace that passes all understanding” from Philippians 4:7, and even now I would say that I require daily, if not moment-by-moment, reminders that this world is not my eternal home. For a while I told myself that the anxieties born along with my children would subside. I would name a milestone and anticipate the alleviation of my worries, only to find more fears lurking around the bend.There are many scriptural passages that speak to these k … [Read more...]

Selfie Obsession: On Our Ongoing Attempts to Picture Our True Selves

 According to a poll that Casey N. Cep cites in her delightful essay on selfies, about 30 percent of photos snapped by Millennials are self-shots. The genre has exploded with the iPhone and has resulted in a proliferation of photo-sharing platforms designed to work with it. Our generation is apparently preoccupied with looking at pictures of themselves.After a brief recap of the history of self-portraiture, Cep gets at the heart of the impulse to auto-photograph: We cherish the … [Read more...]