Specials: Harry Potter; Mother Teresa; Wilson on Atheism Books; Cummings on Satyajit Ray

I’m a week late to this blog entry, but wow… Andy Whitman writes about music better than just about anybody I know. And now he’s posted a home-run entry about Harry Potter.

-

Yesterday I posted news about the new book on Mother Teresa. Here’s more on Mother Teresa’s dark night of the soul, from Amy Wellborn.

-

Here’s a list you haven’t seen before: John Wilson, the voracious reader who edits Books and Culture, rates his top five books on atheism. Know before you debate!

-

Doug Cummings has seen Satyajit Ray’s shorts. I mean… two short films that he made early in his career.

Kapurush (74 minutes) and Mahapurush (65 minutes) are narrative sketches that allowed Ray to subtly experiment with form and style; as such, they worked against expectations at the time (“Many of Ray’s critics think that Ray is making too many films in too short a span of time,” scoffed one Bengali journalist) and were largely dismissed upon their release. But according to Andrew Robinson’s book on Ray, the filmmaker said, “These are twin films I have considerable affection for; I have a pretty high opinion of Kapurush myself and I was disappointed by the response.” I’m leaning toward Ray’s assessment.

Of course, most moviegoers haven’t even seen the Apu trilogy. (I hadn’t until a couple of years ago.) And I’d encourage anyone who loves great storytelling to seek it out, even if you can’t do better than the shoddy VHS or DVD editions currently available in the U.S.

  • Facebook
A New Conversation with Pete Horner, Sound Designer for Jurassic World
What Specialists Are Saying About Jurassic World
This Is Not Goodbye. But It is... See You Elsewhere!
Mourn With Those Who Mourn
About Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet departed the Patheos network in order to escape click-bait advertisements that were offending him and his readers. He will re-launch Looking Closer at lookingcloser.org soon. He is the author of The Auralia Thread, a four-volume fantasy series that begins with Auralia's Colors, and a memoir of "dangerous moviegoing" called Through a Screen Darkly. He teaches creative writing and film studies; speaks internationally about art and faith; served as Writer-in-Residence at Covenant College; and is employed by Seattle Pacific University as a project manager, copyeditor, and writer.


CLOSE | X

HIDE | X