Happy Birthday, Jim Henson!

“Dear Jim, this is awkward — I doubt that you can hear me. But I’m willing to risk embarrassment, and that’s partly your fault.”

In celebration of the birthday of the late, great Jim Henson, Comment Magazine has posted a letter I wrote to Jim Henson’s ghost, which was published a few months back in their special “Legacies” issue.

For further reading, here are both parts of my recent reflections on The Muppet Movie (1989) – “Something That I’m Supposed to Be” – Part One, Part Two – and my review of last year’s joyful return to Muppet Studios, The Muppets.

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About Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” called Through a Screen Darkly, and a four-volume series of fantasy novels called The Auralia Thread, which includes Auralia’s Colors, Cyndere’s Midnight, Raven’s Ladder, and The Ale Boy’s Feast. Jeffrey is a contributing editor for Seattle Pacific University’s Response magazine, and he writes about art, faith, and culture for Image, Filmwell, and his own website, LookingCloser.org. His work has also appeared in Paste, Relevant, Books and Culture, and Christianity Today (where he was a film columnist and critic for almost a decade). He lives in Shoreline, Washington. Visit him on Facebook at facebook.com/jeffreyoverstreethq.


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