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April 17, 2014
The Doomsday Machine
My wife and I did not see—and have no plans to see—R.I.P.D., The Lone Ranger,...
September 27, 2013
When James Blake debuted on the independent music scene in 2011 with his self-titled...
September 05, 2013
Two Sides of Paradise
If one were to construct a spectrum of contemporary filmmakers, ranging from the minimalist to...
July 16, 2013
The Ear of the Heart
A friend recently gave me the autobiography of a Benedictine nun at the Abbey of...
June 27, 2013
Faith, Fiction, and Reason
T.M. Luhrmann is a Stanford anthropologist famous for her research on evangelical devotional life, studying...
June 27, 2013
The Summer Pop Culture Found Religion
Behold the summer where pop culture (or at least its high priests) found religion. Two...
June 17, 2013
The Spirit and the Letter
As director of The Great Gatsby, Baz Luhrmann made a controversial choice in choosing to depict the...
May 31, 2013
Longing, Communion, and the Great Gatsby
Like most of us, I read The Great Gatsby in high school, and although I...
May 28, 2013
Art and The Mysterious Beyond
A couple of posts over at “Good Letters” have thoughtfully addressed art’s purpose and how...
March 30, 2013
Waiting for the Bells
One of the greatest scenes in the history of cinema comes at the end of...
March 14, 2013
The Beast in Its Tracks
I found myself dreading the release of Josh Ritter’s latest album, which is strange, because...
March 12, 2013
Art and Friendship
When one thinks of art and its relation to ethics, one of the first things...
March 02, 2013
Keeping Great Movies at a Distance
Did you see The Master? I did, when it came out. It was disturbing, filled with...
February 23, 2013
Argo: The Year’s Best “Good Movie”
If a big theme with this year’s Best Picture nominees was a lack of...
February 22, 2013
Zero Dark Thirty: A Movie Without a Message
My thoughts on Zero Dark Thirty resemble my thoughts on Lincoln in many respects. Both...
February 21, 2013
Lincoln’s Sentimental Slip-Ups
Over the next three days, I’ll be blogging about a few of the Best Picture...
February 13, 2013
House of Cards
House of Cards is a new American political drama released on Netflix instead of a...
February 12, 2013
Literature Alone Won’t Save Us
The New Yorker's faith in literature has been shaken by the fact that a...
February 11, 2013
“There’s Nothing Wrong with America that Another Depression Couldn’t Fix”
Before yesterday, I would have thought my chances of encountering a popular rap song...
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