The Perfect Essay

This is a great essay – about essays, and about what a mother can teach a kid who think his writing is flawless. Criticism, at its best, is deeply personal, and gets to the heart of why we write the way we do. Perhaps you’re a narcissist who secretly resents your audience. Or an elitist [Read More...]

Confessions of a Christian Film Critic

I’m a Christian and a film critic, so I found myself nodding along the whole way through Ann Hornaday’s “Confessions of a Christian Film Critic” over at the Washington Post: “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” It may [Read More...]

New C.S. Lewis Essay

The fiftieth anniversary of C.S. Lewis’s death was last week, and Cambridge University Press published a new collection of his reviews and criticism to commemorate the occasion, including a new essay called “Image and Imagination” that hasn’t been published before. The Guardian has an excerpt: Does anyone suppose that the imaginative value of such fantasies can be [Read More...]

“The Perverse Monstrosity of Our Beautiful Work”

The title grabbed my attention: “The Perverse Monstrosity of Our Beautiful Work.” So did author L.L. Barkat’s first sentence: “It was the suckiest letter I ever received.” Any article that combines perversity, monstrosity, beauty, and suckiness just has to be read. Barkat’s “suckiest letter” was in response to something she had written. Someone didn’t like [Read More...]


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