Archives for December 4, 2007

Free Download: Ken Myers and Alan Jacobs Discuss “The Golden Compass”

Check out this free Mars Hill Audio download of Ken Myers talking with literary critic Alan Jacobs about Philip Pullman's The Golden Compass.There are a lot of hysterical Christians out there speaking in ignorance about Pullman's books and the upcoming film. But there are also some Christians offering perceptive examinations of the stories... at least as perceptive, if not more so, than any other reviews yet published. See what you think of Jacobs' perspective. (You'll also find his review … [Read more...]

Radiohead’s “In Rainbows” – A Review by Josh Hurst

As I'm so busy revising the sequel to Auralia's Colors in preparation for a Fall '08 release, I've fallen behind on my music reviews.So I've invited Josh Hurst, one of the most enthusiastic and thoughtful listeners I know, to fill the gap for a bit, and he's generously agreed. Here's his review of one of my favorite albums of 2007. (I'm working on my "favorites" list for the year, and hope to publish it on the last day of 2007.)If you've written or read any interesting perspectives on … [Read more...]

Best Day Ever?

Thanks, everybody, for making today, Tuesday, December 4, the busiest day ever at this blog!My stat counter just updated, and today's visitor total is the highest ever (and still counting!) … [Read more...]


Thanks to Jim Janknegt for sharing this, from paragraph 35 of Pope Benedict's latest encyclical: "All serious and upright human conduct is hope in action. This is so first of all in the sense that we thereby strive to realize our lesser and greater hopes, to complete this or that task which is important for our onward journey, or we work towards a brighter and more humane world so as to open doors into the future. Yet our daily efforts in pursuing our own lives and in working for the world's … [Read more...]

Rotten Tomatoes: “Golden Compass” is “Confusing and Meaningless”

Embargo, schembargo...The mainstream critics are signing in:Michelle Orange, Village Voice: In drawing and quartering much of the novel's intent, Weitz ends up with a film that feels not just unfinished but undone. Nick Schager, Slant Magazine Weitz crams his story full of magical terms and concepts with a rapidity that leaves things confusing and thus meaningless. Stephanie Zacharek, Salon: I can think of no more dispiriting experience this holiday season than seeing the … [Read more...]