Because Useful

In somewhat weird news, the American Dialect Society has chosen “because” as its word of the year. This is not, of course, a new word – but it took on different shades of meaning in 2013, the New York Times reports on its Arts blog: Ben Zimmer, chairman of the dialect society’s new words committee, [Read More...]

Are You A Patron?

Over at Comment, James K.A. Smith talks about patronage – the kind we all engage in, whether or not we’re wealthy: At the heart of this sense of “patronage” is a vision of cultural life—not just the arts, but even the mundane aspects of commercial exchange—that is rooted inrelationship. When the hardware store thanked me for my patronage, [Read More...]

What’s Good – and Not – About ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’

Last Friday, I published a piece on The Hunger Games: Catching Fire at Christianity Today that garnered a ton of response. In it, I talk about not just the movies, but the merchandising: I’m not just frustrated, I’m appalled: all this tie-in merchandise declaws the story of The Hunger Games, in much the same way that the actual affluent [Read More...]

Nostalgia in a YouTube Clip

Sesame Street premiered in 1969, which means that most of us have watched it—many as children (a child born in 1969 is turning 44 this year). So it was with great pleasure that I watched this clip – a remix song made up of mostly old Sesame Street clips that I remember. It’s just fun, because it’s [Read More...]