Hallelujah! Books Three and Four will be Real.

Tonight Anne and I read through the contract, line by line, for Books Three and Four of "The Auralia Thread." And then we signed it. This is so hard to believe. Auralia has her epic. Many, many thanks to Lee Hough, my agent, Shannon Hill and everybody at WaterBrook, and to all of you who are making Auralia's Colors "a contender." For years, I wondered if I'd ever get the chance to shift from focusing on other people's stories here at Looking Closer to sharing my own stories with you. … [Read more...]

“Secret Sunshine”: Best Depiction of Evangelical Christianity?

Darren Hughes calls Secret Sunshine "the truest depiction of evangelical Christianity I've seen on film." Victor Morton doesn't quite agree. (You have to scroll down for his review.) And J. Robert Parks has mixed feelings about it. ... GreenCine Daily has even more reviews of the film from Toronto and from Cannes.   … [Read more...]

LOUD NOISES!

(Photo posted at http://www.flickr.com/photos/perplemaggie/.) CAN YOU HEAR ME? I CAN'T HEAR MYSELF! MY EARS ARE RINGING, AFTER MORE THAN THREE HOURS OF STANDING NEAR THE FRONT OF A WILD-AND-CRAZY CROWD WHILE THREE LOUD, LOUD BANDS ROARED THEMSELVES HOARSE: GOSSIP, LCD SOUNDSYSTEM, AND THE ARCADE FIRE! MOSHING IS SO 1994, BUT APPARENTLY NOBODY'S NOTICED!! I'M EXHAUSTED!! TERRIBLE WALL-OF-SOUND ACOUSTICS!! EARSPLITTING FEEDBACK!! AND THEN THE ARCADE FIRE'S TSUNAMI OF NOISE!! BUT … [Read more...]

Smile, Marion!

It's not hard to see who's happiest about being included in this family photo! (Photo from Hollywood Elsewhere, where Jeffrey Wells is doing the usual... condemning a film that isn't even finished yet.) … [Read more...]


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