Oscars 2015: Listen to My Discussion and Debate with Dr. Jeff Keuss, Novelist Jennie Spohr, and Producer Anna Miller

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Finally... an Oscar year that brings some much needed focus to a subject sorely overlooked at the movies — great men with big dreams!But seriously: Really, Oscars? Were all of the best films of 2014 about ambitious but misunderstood men with big visions for art, for change, for science, for innovation? … [Read more...]

Christmas, Calling, Carols, and #Ferguson: Jeff Keuss Hosts a Conversation with Rev. Richard Dahlstrom, Dr. Brian Bantum, Anna Miller, and Myself (with Music from Eric Miller)

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What can we learn from Mary, the mother of Christ, that can help us understand what is happening in Ferguson?What happens to a pastor's understanding of Christmas when he finds himself and his family exhausted in a foreign country where there are no spare beds to be found?Those are just two of the subjects that surprised me at the Kindlings Muse Christmas show. … [Read more...]

Podcast: Listen as a Theology Professor, an English Professor, an Ordained Minister, and a Film Critic Talk About That Noah Movie

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Just imagine.What would happen if, after all of the clamor and debate about Darren Aronofsky's controversial film Noah quieted down, I — a mild-mannered higher-ed communications specialist by day, and a cantankerous film reviewer by night — sat down in a Seattle pub with... … [Read more...]

Podcast: What Do Tony Stark, Bruce Wayne, and Jay Gatsby Have in Common?

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Two posts back, I gave you a challenge: Close your eyes. If I say the word “masculine,” who is the first familiar face that you see? Who’s the man?Last week, I had the honor of joining Dr. Jeff Keuss, Dr. Christine Chaney, Carlo Nakar, and show host Jennie Spohr for another evening of lively discussion at The Kindlings Muse. Before a live audience at Hale's Ales Pub and Brewery, we talked about masculinity, action heroes, and who we consider to be the manliest of them all.I won't spoil it … [Read more...]

Your Favorite Wes Anderson Movie: Which One… and Why?

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Moonrise Kingdom? The Royal Tenenbaums? The Fantastic Mr. Fox? Rushmore?Which Wes Anderson movie is your favorite? And why?Are you going to take a stand for The Darjeeling Limited? Bottle Rocket? The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou?I want to know. And if you're willing to share, I might share your perspective on an upcoming podcast. Here are the details... … [Read more...]

Oscars: What will win? What should win? Come on. There are better questions.

Once a year, at the Kindlings Muse - a live panel discussion that takes place at Hale's Brewery and Pub - we devote a whole show to considering the strengths, weaknesses, themes, and theological implications of popular movies.Today, the podcast of our annual Oscar show was posted, featuring Dr. Jeff Keuss and Dr. Chris Chaney, show host Jennie Spohr, and for comic relief... me!We talk about all nine Best Picture nominees... … [Read more...]

Listen to a podcast discussion of The Tree of Life at The Kindlings Muse.

Here's the podcast recording of the discussion I had about Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life at The Kindlings Muse with Jennie Spohr and Dr. Chris Chaney. … [Read more...]

Monday Night is Malick Night!

Next Monday evening in Seattle, you're invited to a live podcast discussion of the films of Terrence Malick.You're invited to the Kindlings Muse! Read on for details. … [Read more...]

The Kindlings Muse Podcast on the Election… I Mean, on Zombies and Vampires

“Oh the Horrors!"What's the best way to regain perspective after election-week madness? … [Read more...]

Day-making Email about “Auralia’s Colors” and The Kindlings Muse

Two years ago at this time, I was frantic to wrap up revisions on Auralia's Colors. Last year, I was frantic to wrap up revisions on Cyndere's Midnight. In the next three weeks, I'm wrapping up revisions on Raven's Ladder... if my laptop doesn't catch fire first.So it's very encouraging, in the long long hours of trimming, re-writing, and re-imagining, to get a letter like this one: … [Read more...]


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