Hermione and Hogwarts School of Prayer and Miracles

“Put your glass down so you don’t choke or spill,” writes a friend seconds before she siccs Hogwarts School of Prayer and Miracles on me. Someone using the handle proudhousewife has rewritten Harry Potter to root out the magic. Proudhousewife’s purpose statement reads: “Recently, I’ve encountered a problem that I believe this is the solution [Read More...]

Dystopia, Fantasy and Ferguson

Here’s what I learned from Racism in seminary. The color of my skin means that irrespective of my actions, words, thoughts or intentions, I participate in white supremacy. There is nothing I can do that will ever wipe out the wrong into which I was born. This does not excuse me from trying to make [Read More...]

Vessel Characters: Pipe, Katniss Everdeen, Jesus

“Think of yourself as a pipe,” suggests M. Robert Mulholland. At one end of your pipe is a flange specifically designed for loving union with God. The other end of your pipe has a flange specifically designed for loving service for others. When the connection is made at both ends of your pipe, then the [Read More...]

Lego Movie, Leaf by Niggle, and the Urge to Perfection

“All I’m asking for is total perfection,” instructs President Business pleasantly. When his Lego citizens fail to arrange themselves in the ideal pose, he calls in Micromanagers to do it for them. Then he aims his ultimate weapon, the KraGl, and squirts them with Krazy Glue. “Everything is awesome!” his Lego people sing, unaware of [Read More...]

Jackson v. Tolkien v. Miéville

Who? Peter we know. And John Ronald Rueul we know. But who is Miéville? China Miéville is a fantasy author, who wrote a January 2002 article in Socialist Review called “Tolkien—Middle Earth Meets Middle England.” In it he argues that the Jackson movies vastly improve on Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings story. Whereas the books [Read More...]


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