Doctor Who’s Doctrine, Part 8: Christianity and “Whomanism”

Before the 50-year anniversary of “Doctor Who” on Nov. 23, Christ and Pop Culture is exploring the sci-fi series in Doctor Who’s Doctrine. Part 1: Mad Man with a Box Part 2: Genre Roots Part 3: Exterminating Evil Part 4: The Trip of a Lifetime Part 5: Music for a Mad Man Part 6: Those Complicated Companions Part 7: The Episode I Never Want to See Again Could the Doctor be an intergalactic Jesus? Consider the following: 1. He is a timeless being; 2. He is known across the univers … [Read more...]

I Finally Made Myself Watch The Exorcist, and I Did Not Leave Without Hope

Each October in Logan Square, a Chicago neighborhood where I used to live, the Logan Theater does a run of late-night showings of classic horror films. Hundreds of people turn out to see movies like The Shining and Halloween on the big screen, queuing up at the ticket booth even in the wee hours on a weeknight. They buy 16 oz PBR Tall Boys with large popcorns, yell out answers to pre-film trivia, and laugh. The joyful, boozy, and communal mockery of these films’ campiness is part of the f … [Read more...]

Where’d You Go, Bernadette

If you haven’t yet read Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple (Little, Brown and Company 2012; out in paperback this month) it will likely be your favorite beach read this summer, so I won’t give away the ending.  It’s the beautiful and hilarious story of 15 year old Bee Branch’s attempt to understand what happened when her mother disappeared without warning on the day before they were set to leave for an Antarctic vacation. A modern epistolary novel, the book is Bee’s organization of the p … [Read more...]

Music Matters: The Airborne Toxic Event on Struggles This Side of Paradise

Each Tuesday in Music Matters, Matthew Linder explores the intersections of music, culture and faith.The Airborne Toxic Event continues to explore life’s struggles on The Secret EP released March 11th, 2013.Mikel Jollett, lead singer of The Airborne Toxic Event, had this to say about an artist's expression of struggle (quoting from F. Scott Fitzgerald's This Side of Paradise): "You're not going to live a different kind of life than anyone else. You'll have the same ups and downs as most o … [Read more...]