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Delicate Machinery Suspended

Hey, it's a holiday weekend. How about celebrating with a free ebook? … [Read more...]

The Empire Strikes 35


"Anger, fear, aggression. The dark side are they. Once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny." … [Read more...]

How to Hear the New 2015 Looking Closer “Playlist in Progress”

I'll let you in on a little project in progress.In my deep dive into the music of 2015, I'm adding tracks to a Spotify playlist of the tracks that get my attention, compel me to listen closer, and end up in frequent rotation.This is where I'll put the songs that I'm considering writing about for my "Listening Closer" column. … [Read more...]

Looking Elsewhere: Of Milk Carton Kids, Muppets, Vampires, and Gothic Fairy Tales

what we do in the shadows

Looking Closer Intern Joe Allen here, counting down the days until I get to see Mad Max: Fury Road, which has all of the buzz and momentum of a summer action-movie classic.Overstreet is off to Vancouver B.C. to check out the opening weekend of U2's Innocence + Experience tour, so we can assume we'll get a report about that at some point. In the meantime, here's what he wanted me to share with you — a few highlights from his lunch-break browsing... … [Read more...]

Turn-It-Up Tracks of the Week: Giddens, TMBG, Marling


During my commute to and from my daily responsibilities at Seattle Pacific University, I often listen to audiobooks, podcasts, and new releases.But most of the time, I just hit "Shuffle" to see what pops out of my lifelong music library.When it's a happy surprise, I turn it up... and often I'll play it more than once. And sometimes I'll fight the urge to roll down the windows and share it with the world.It occurred to me today: Why not just post my favorites here?So consider this … [Read more...]

Looking Elsewhere: May 7 – Cold Cereal, Twin Peaks, Citizen Kane, David Foster Wallace, Bono, Sean Bean, Gene Wolfe, Leslie Jamison, and David “St. Augustine Fanboy” Brooks


Hello, class!I'm Joe Allen, your new substitute teacher, so to speak. You know how Dr. Evil had his "Mini-Me"?  For a while, I'm going to be Overstreet's Mini-Me. I'm a new Looking Closer intern, shouting out the news from the Looking Closer front porch, and helping fill the gaps while our usual show host strives to stay afloat amidst the stormy seas of a full-time job and graduate school.I'll take notes he sends me and pass them along to you—on writing, on music, on movies, and on that m … [Read more...]

First Impressions: The Salt of the Earth, Clouds of Sils Maria, Predestination


A time-traveling terrorist hunter. A photographer who descends into the world's most harrowing hells. An actress desperate to defend her reputation and legacy from a reckless upstart. You never know where the movies will take you.Well, actually, yes — you do know where movies will take you. Most of the time. I'm not interested in the routine — that's why I'm not reporting on Avengers: Age of Ultron. You could go see that, I suppose. It might be fun and momentarily distracting. Or you could op … [Read more...]

Belle and Sebastian’s New Happy Song About Sadness

belle and sebastian

I’ve just heard the most joyful song about Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.Wow, you’re already putting on your headphones, aren’t you?Seriously, give this a chance... … [Read more...]

Two Days, One Night and Something, Anything: Movies With More Than a Comma in Common

1_Ashley Shelton (Margaret) in Paul Harrill's SOMETHING ANYTHING_Courtesy of Self Reliant Film

Two recent films—Something, Anything and Two Days, One Night—have just become available now on various View On Demand services like Netflix, iTunes,, YouTube, and Google Play. And they’d make a memorable double feature, due to all of the things they have in common. … [Read more...]

Bruce Cockburn Plays Psalm-Influenced Favorites in Seattle

Rumors of Glory

I wish you could have been at the Fremont Abbey last Thursday night with me for an event that lived up to all my hopes and expectations... … [Read more...]