Film Viewing Journal 2008-Today

The Looking Closer Film Viewing Journal is open for business.This is the post where I'll catalog most of the movies I see. … [Read more...]

Thank You, Cathleen Falsani!

My friend Cathleen Falsani, whose unapologetic journalism about faith for The Chicago Sun-Times has been a pioneering work of exploration and religious inquiry in the public square, is moving on.Her farewell piece for the Sun-Times is about Crazy Heart, the new film starring Jeff Bridges (and, I might add, featuring some music by Sam Phillips!)But it's about a whole lot more than that.With her permission, I'm reposting that farewell article from her blog: … [Read more...]

Through the Eyes of Haitian Teenagers

Remember the powerful, inspiring movie Born into Brothels?If you were inspired by that, then check this out. … [Read more...]

Raven’s Ladder contest/giveaway!

Folks who have joined my Facebook fan page are reading the details on the first of several Raven's Ladder contests and giveaways. … [Read more...]

Stand united, remembering what makes this nation great!

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What’s Your Favorite Stage-to-Screen Adaptation?

Casablanca? Henry IV? Ordet? … [Read more...]

I’m coming to Spokane – January 26

Spokane, I'm coming to visit!I'll be speaking about faith, film, and fantasy... and signing books... at the luncheon for the Spokane College Women's Association on January 26.A couple of Whitworth students got word of this and asked if I would be speaking at the school as well. There's been no invitation from Whitworth - maybe that'll happen someday - but here's the good news: … [Read more...]

Five Auralia’s Colors Confessions: “Night on the Lake”

Yikes! It's...The Top 5 Confessions about Auralia's Colors, Chapter 7 - Night on the Lake … [Read more...]

David Brooks on Avatar

David Brooks in The New York Times turns his attention from America's occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan to humanity's occupation of Pandora: … [Read more...]

An Excerpt from Raven’s Ladder, Chapter 1: Cal-raven in Four Kinds of Trouble

Auralia reached out to Cal-raven. As he approached, the flame of the candle he carried flapped like a flag in a hard wind. ...That's how Chapter One of Raven's Ladder begins. And now... you can read the whole chapter. … [Read more...]