“We Call This Friday Good”

Thank you, Andy Whitman. And T.S. Eliot.Best words I've read all day. … [Read more...]

Big News for Auralia Coming Soon

Auralia's Colors is going into its second printing, and I received big news yesterday about an unexpected development for this book and the next. I'll have details as soon as they're official...In the meantime, if you liked the previous cover design better, grab it before it's gone from the stores.I've just received a new stash here, and so autographed copies are available once again. … [Read more...]

Did Richard Dawkins Just Crash the Party at a Screening of “Expelled”?

UPDATE 4/22:I'm so pleased with Greg Wright's balanced, non-hysterical review of Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed, that I've asked permission to repost it here at Looking Closer. Greg consented. Here's his review!UPDATE: 4/16:Comments for this post are closed now, due to misbehaving participants. But further discussion is getting started at Mark Shea's blog and at Arts and Faith.- - - - - - - - - - -ORIGINAL POST: Did Richard Dawkins just crash the party at a screening of … [Read more...]

Farewell to Paul Scofield

The great Paul Scofield, one of my favorite actors, has died.Here's a glimpse of his Oscar-winning turn in A Man for All Seasons:Watch for Scofield opposite Mel Gibson in Zefferlli's version of Hamlet, which I've always liked:Tributes are being collected at GreenCine Daily. … [Read more...]

The End is (in a Theater) Near (You)

Steven D. Greydanus is quoted in a new Wall Street Journal article on the current surge of apocalyptic movies.The article begins like this:On a recent Saturday night, I went to the movies. Walking past the theater showing "I Am Legend" (plague kills most of humanity), I opted to watch "Cloverfield" (inexplicably angry alien destroys Manhattan) instead. After sitting through back-to-back previews for "Hellboy II: The Golden Army" (ancient truce between Hell and Earth is revoked, resulting … [Read more...]

Farewell to Arthur C. Clarke and Anthony Minghella

Earlier today, I posted a link to a thought-provoking perspective on 2001: A Space Odyssey, Stanley Kubrick's film based on an Arthur C. Clarke story.I have just learned that Clarke passed away today "from breathing problems." He was 90. There aren't many sci-fi visionaries like Clarke... and we need more.2001: A Space Odyssey was the film that first introduced me to the idea of cinema as poetry. It is still one of my favorite movies. Seeing a restoration of the work in Seattle's … [Read more...]

“The Bonofication of Christianity”

Don't miss this podcast of Dr. Jeff Keuss and Nigel Goodwin as they discuss Bono and his influence on Christian culture. … [Read more...]

C.S. Lewis on “2001: A Space Odyssey”

Here's Michael Leary with a few thoughts on how C.S. Lewis helps us understand 2001: A Space Odyssey. … [Read more...]

Sam Phillips… at SoulFest??

Sam Phillips is scheduled to take the same stage as Third Day and Rebecca St. James at the Christian music brouhaha Soulfest 2008.And in other news, hell just froze over. … [Read more...]

What’s Your Favorite Last Line of a Novel?

Here's American Book Review with the 100 Best Last Last Lines from Novels.My personal favorite? "Frodo was alive but taken by the enemy." That line still sends chills down my spine when I read it. How could you not go on to read The Return of the King after reading that final note in The Two Towers?In fact, that line was ringing in my mind as I wrote a scene near the conclusion of Cyndere's Midnight, as a particular character's life suddenly takes an alarming new direction... … [Read more...]