7. Welcome to Night Vale: “Your Thoughts Return to the Dog Park” #CaPC25

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All this week, the writers of Christ and Pop Culture unveil their 25 most loved things of 2013.  Previous #8: Moone Boy (Hulu) #7: Welcome To Night Vale Your thoughts keep returning to the dog park. Why are there no dogs at the dog park? You frown and concentrate on the unfolding conversation. A man sits across from you in a tan jacket. He is trying to sell you a fly. It darts around at the end of a string that that he has tied to his left forefinger. He folds his hands on his lap and smiles. … [Read more...]

8. Moone Boy: “Odd Man Out” #CaPC25

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All this week, the writers of Christ and Pop Culture unveil their 25 most loved things of 2013.  Previous #9: Orange is the New Black (Netflix) #8: Moone Boy (Hulu) Moone Boy, a delightful TV series that premiered to American audiences via Hulu this year focuses on 12-year-old Martin Moone and his adventures through prepubescence with his imaginary friend, Seán, in rural Ireland. While much of the show is semi-autobiographical of Chris O'Dowd, the actor who plays Seán, the show zeroes in on un … [Read more...]

9. Orange is the New Black: “Treated With Respect” #CaPC25

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All this week, the writers of Christ and Pop Culture unveil their 25 most loved things of 2013.  Previous #10: Pope Francis #9: Orange is the New Black (Netflix) Just one season in, Orange is the New Black is gathering huge momentum and ringing endorsements. Based on the memoir of Piper Kerman and set in a women’s prison in New York state, it revolves around Kerman (Taylor Schilling), an upper-middle class woman serving a 15-month sentence for transporting drug money for her former lover and d … [Read more...]

10. Pope Francis: “He Does Normal Christian Stuff” #CaPC25

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All this week, the writers of Christ and Pop Culture unveil their 25 most loved things of 2013. Previous #11: Netflix and Hulu #10: Pope Francis My favorite thing about Pope Francis is that he does normal Christian stuff and people are all, "Holy Smokes This Guy Ammirite?" He helps the homeless, touches the sick and disfigured with his real live actual hands, and he's put himself out there as being against the "cult of money." Look, these are admirable things. Things that believers ought to … [Read more...]

11. Netflix and Hulu: “A Relative Amount of Creative Freedom” #CaPC25

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All this week, the writers of Christ and Pop Culture unveil their 25 most loved things of 2013.  Previous #12: Boxers & Saints by Gene Luen Yang #11: Netflix and Hulu What do #8, #9, and #17 on our list have in common? All of them exist (in the U.S. at least) solely on the internet via either Netflix or Hulu, streaming video services that have expanded their original vision from letting us watch existing television programs to creating original programming. You can’t watch House of Cards o … [Read more...]

12. Boxers & Saints: “Stirring Up Empathy For Those on Both Sides” #CaPC25

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All this week, the writers of Christ and Pop Culture unveil their 25 most loved things of 2013.  Previous #13: Gravity#12. Boxers & Saints by Gene Luen Yang I was first introduced to Gene Luen Yang when I picked up his graphic novel, American Born Chinese, on the clearance rack at my local bookstore. Yang’s exploration of identity and assimilation through weaving the narratives of an American Chinese boy, an overwrought stereotype named Chin-Kee, and a mystical Monkey King opened my eye … [Read more...]

13. Gravity: “Humanity’s Own Fight” #CaPC25

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All this week, the writers of Christ and Pop Culture unveil their 25 most loved things of  2013.  Previous #14: Lord - Pure Heroine#13. Gravity As jumpy as I can be, I love a good thriller. There is something about holding onto the edge of your seat, calling out, and reaching for the screen as something entirely out of your control takes place before your eyes. Sometimes, the thrill fostered within us comes from the possibility of it being a reality. The thrill in Gravity has no chance of b … [Read more...]

14. Lorde – Pure Heroine: “Lingers and Demands Contemplation” #CaPC25

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All this week, the writers of Christ and Pop Culture unveil their 25 most loved things of  2013.  Previous #15: The Great Gatsby#14. Lorde - Pure Heroine Lorde’s Pure Heroine debuted to much critical acclaim earlier this year, and it warrants every drop of praise it receives. While only 16 years of age at the album’s release, Lorde, New Zealand-born Ella Yelich-O’Connor, writes about youth with the authenticity of actually being youthful, yet she pulls it off with a rare lyrical maturity th … [Read more...]

15. The Great Gatsby: “An Absurdity That Speaks a Twinge of Truth” #CaPC25

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All this week, the writers of Christ and Pop Culture unveil their 25 most loved things of 2013.  Previous #16: Kentucky Route Zero (PC/MAC)#15. The Great Gatsby Nick Caraway likes New York. He likes having rich parties, seductive women, and sensuous alcohol at his fingertips. His life exists as a bystander to an affair between his cousin Daisy and newfound friend Jay Gatsby. What is life? Possibly, one constant party into another, or else broken hearts, shredded dreams, and seeking an encha … [Read more...]

16. Kentucky Route Zero: “Playing Becomes a Kind of Rest” #CaPC25

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All this week, the writers of Christ and Pop Culture unveil their 25 most loved things of 2013.  Previous #17: House of Cards (Netflix)#16. Kentucky Route Zero (PC/MAC) Kentucky Route Zero deals primarily with the history of work, debt and economics and how those realities impact the human soul. It feels both mundane and surreal, slow and transfixing, horrific and beautiful. The game’s protagonist meanders and trudges along with patience, regret, and hope, a cluster of emotions that the pla … [Read more...]


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