Here Come the “Civilians”

The album I've been waiting for all year comes out tomorrow.Here's Thom Jurek's review. … [Read more...]

Pavarotti’s Return to Catholic Faith

At ArtsandFaith.com, Steven Greydanus has noted this detail about Luciano Pavarotti that was overlooked in most obituaries. The diocese had received criticisms that it had gone overboard in honoring a remarried divorcé. But Pavarotti's parish priest, Fr. Remo Sartori, said the twice-married singer had been reconciled with the Catholic faith, reported the Sydney Morning Herald. Pavarotti had received the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick before losing his battle against pancreatic cancer l … [Read more...]

Scott Cairns in the Cleveland Daily Banner

An article about one of my favorite human beings has popped up in the Cleveland Daily Banner. … [Read more...]

Persepolis (2007) – A Guest Review by Kenneth R. Morefield

I'm thrilled to offer the first of what may be several reviews coming from Kenneth R. Morefield, who has occasionally contributed some fine guest reviews to Looking Closer in the past. Morefield is an Assistant Professor of English at Campbell University.Morefield's at the Toronto International Film Festival having a grand time, and he's enthusiastic about this particular release: Persepolis. Sounds like a unique film, and a must-see. Here's his report... … [Read more...]

George R. R. Martin’s Epic… on HBO?

I just stumbled across a head-spinning revelation on SuperFastReader's site.George R. R. Martin, one of the greatest fantasy writers living today, is on Book 5 of the popular series A Song of Ice and Fire. … [Read more...]

SuperFastReader on Madeleine L’Engle

Following up my earlier post on Madeleine L'Engle's passing, here's the super SuperFastReader remembering her, in two posts. … [Read more...]

Greydanus on “Bella”

I had a chance to see Bella at Biola (Wow, there's a sequel idea for you: Bella at Biola!) several months back, but found myself in a fascinating conversation with Amazing Grace producer Ken Wales, and by the time he'd finished regaling me with tales of his experiences in Hollywood, I'd missed the screening.But they were great stories -- I'm not complaining. Had no idea that Wales was present on the set when the great Peter Sellers Pink Panther flicks were shot. Wow.Anyway, I apparently … [Read more...]

“Assassination” Buzz Builds

Thanks to Peter Chattaway for catching this blog entry by Karina at Spoutblog: Two weeks ago, The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford was the film Warner Brothers had "no idea what to do with." As of this writing, it's the most gushed-over title at the Toronto Film Festival, and word has hit the wires that star Brad Pitt has won the Best Actor prize at the Venice Film Festival. If the folks at WB still havn't figured out what to do with Andrew Dominik's masterful, Malickean … [Read more...]

Madeleine L’Engle: 1918-2007

Madeleine L'Engle

Madeleine L'Engle is one of the artists whose views and work have inspired me the most. As I was writing Auralia's Colors, I frequently revisited her thoughts on the power of art. She referred to great artmaking as "collaboration with God."On Thursday night, at the age of 88, Madeleine L'Engle made her journey through a wrinkle in time and space.And I feel that I lost a grandmother and a mentor. Most of that guidance came through her nonfiction work -- Walking on Water, The Rock That is … [Read more...]

A Very Great Loss in the World of the Christian Imagination

Madeleine L'Engle

Madeleine L'Engle is one of the artists whose views and work have inspired me the most. As I was writing Auralia's Colors, I frequently revisited her thoughts on the power of art. She referred to great artmaking as "collaboration with God."On Thursday night, at the age of 88, Madeleine L'Engle made her journey through a wrinkle in time and space.And I feel that I lost a grandmother and a mentor. Most of that guidance came through her nonfiction work -- Walking on Water, The Rock That is … [Read more...]


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