Elliot Rodger’s Unattainable Good Life

Following the tragedy in California last week, Alan Noble wrote about “the unattainable good life of Elliot Rodger” over at Christ & Pop Culture: In his final video, Elliot rants about how the crime he’s about to commit is right and good because he was denied the Good Life that other people got to experience. His [Read More...]

On Crises and Middles

Ever feel “fair-to-middling”? In The Curator, L.L. Barkat ruminates on “middles”: Middle places can be unsettling. I wrote a whole novella I now look upon as a “middle” book. I wrote it at the same time I was fiddling with beginnings. And, oddly enough, I started the novella with the words, “The End.” The End is a logical place [Read More...]

A Doubter in the Holy Land

In The New York Times, the writer and literary critic Maud Newton – who was raised in a fervently religious household and now describes her own religious views as “uncertain” – writes about visiting the Holy Land: When I was young, my mother had a feverish conversion and started a church in our living room. I’d [Read More...]

Man Vs. Corpse

One of my favorite writers, Zadie Smith, has a piece in the New York Review of Books on art, corpses, and the problem with a culture full of people who can’t visualize their own bodies once they die: A persistent problem for artists: How can I insist upon the reality of death, for others, and for myself? [Read More...]


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