Politics, Punditry, and Personal Faith: An Interview with “Face the Nation’s” John Dickerson

Hitler analogies and political circuses may seem like a modern aspect of electioneering, but history tells a different story, as evidenced in John Dickerson’s new book “Whistlestop: My Favorite Stories from Presidential Campaign History,” which manages to be an educational, entertaining, and often surprising exploration of the good, bad and ugly of running for the [Read More…]

“Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Lost Without You” Explores Life, Death & the Divine Delivery Theory

(Moderate spoilers ahead) Do you believe in the Divine Delivery Theory? That’s what postal detective Shane McInerney calls her boss (and potential suitor) Oliver O’Toole’s approach to the mail they receive in Colorado’s Dead Letter Office. “We don’t find the dead letters,” she explains to Oliver’s father Joe. “They find us. Just in time to [Read More…]

Is NBC’s Afterlife Comedy “The Good Place” Heavenly Fun or a Devilish Dud?

(This review was based on a screener which was missing some special effects shots and a few scenes.) “Welcome. Everything is fine.” Most of us would likely be happy to be greeted by that message when we enter the afterlife. Eleanor Shellstrop sure is. But as time goes by, it turns out things are not [Read More…]

Teach Yourself to Think More Clearly

(The following is the text of the Christopher News Note “Teach Yourself to Think More Clearly.” If you’d like a pdf or hard copy, see the end of this post.) Solutions to problems large and small, from international relations to conditions in your own community, should not be oversimplified. Neither should they be needlessly complicated. [Read More…]