Introducing… The McPassion!

My friend Rik Swartzwelder, director of the award-winning short film "The Least of These," wrote and co-produced this marketing parody of the commercialization of The Passion of the Christ.And... yikes, it stings like a cat o'nine tails!Watch... The McPassion!!* (Caution: Some may find it irreverent. But I'd argue that the film isn't making fun of Christ. It's making fun of just how tactless and clueless many modern marketing endeavors can be.)And prepare for The Second … [Read more...]

What Would Make Jesus Laugh?

The Big Lebowski and Annie Hall aren't exactly titles you'd expect to see featured in a film festival for Christians.Craig Detweiler asks... "Why not?!" … [Read more...]

Favorite poets

Prompted by my earlier recommendation of the Jane Hirschfield book, a reader asked me for a "top ten list" of favorite poets.I can't offer a list of my favorites in order of preference, but I can easily come up with a list of writers whose work I whole-heartedly recommend to you... poets that Anne and I read often and with gratitude.Here they are, in no particular order... … [Read more...]

Specials: DaVinci suit. V’s prophetic. Wenders tips.

Let me just say that I have never been afraid of clowns.¬†Until the Olympic closing ceremonies.Was that creepy, or what? … [Read more...]

Half-shot #9: Michael Knepfer names that movie!

Michael Knepfer has figured out that confounding Half-Shot #9.The film is Harold and Maude.This means that the next Half-Shot will have two hints:Reverend (for The Cubicle Reverend, who won Half-Shot #8) and Michael (because Michael won this round.)So stay tuned... … [Read more...]

Over the Rhine to tour West Coast in May?

Linford Detweiler has just sent out his latest update on Over the Rhine. It's full of good stuff: The Olympics, New Zealand, an update on the new live album, and upcoming tour plans.Oh, and according to Linford, spring is coming.I've just wrapped up a new interview with Linford (my fourth!), and it'll be published in the next issue of SPU's Response magazine, which will be available in mid-March. … [Read more...]

A Good Year for Poetry

Anne and I read as much poetry, perhaps more, than we do fiction. Of the poets writing and publishing today, we have many mutual favorites. But there are two poets in particular who, when they release new material, send us rushing to a nearby independent bookstore to grab a first edition. Both of them write in a way that seems sacramental... the sound, the pace, the flavor of the language is as fragile and beautiful as the imagery it inspires in the reader's mind. Both are intently focused on … [Read more...]

Half-shot #9: Making it easier.

More than 20 guesses, and still no winner on Half-Shot Contest #9.Okay, here's a little more of the picture...If you love movies, I'm pretty sure you know this film. … [Read more...]

Interesting letter of the day

Got the daily bundle of letters in response to the Brokeback Mountain reviews, but I also received one that was quite unusual. I don't usually post the complimentary letters because I don't want to appear to be glorying in somebody's appreciation. But this one really struck me... While I am not Christian, nor even theistic; I truly wanted to commend your work on this site as being insightful if different, from that of most reviewers. Your brief description of the once uber-popular Fight Club, … [Read more...]

Half-Shot Contest #9

I still haven't found a good half-shot related to the term "reverend." (And since the last winner was The Cubicle Reverend, I should be able to find SOMETHING related to that name.)So, until I find one, here's another half-shot for you....Any guesses? … [Read more...]