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 has two passions: writing fiction, and celebrating art — music, cinema, photography, literature — through writing and teaching. He is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” — Through a Screen Darkly. And his four-novel fantasy series, The Auralia Thread, which begins with Auralia's Colors, was published by Random House. He speaks at universities and conferences around the world about understanding art through eyes of faith. He is earning his MFA in Creative Writing at Seattle Pacific University, where he has worked for 11 years as an editor, writer, and communications project manager. His work has been recognized in The New Yorker, TIME, The Seattle Times, IMAGE, Ravi Zacharias International — and Christianity Today, where he served as a film journalist for more than a decade. He recently began a weekly column called "Listening Closer" for Christ and Pop Culture.


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