About J. Ryan Parker


Of all the films, video games, TV series, comics, and books that I'll consume this year, few will move me as deeply as Adam Haslett's latest novel, Imagine Me Gone. … [Read more...]

#KillerSerials: PREACHER, “El Valero”

This week, Tony Jones and Ryan Parker discuss the latest episode of PREACHER on AMC TV, Odin's spiritual & theological crises, the last stand at the Alamo, and Jesse's willingness to sacrifice his power for Eugene. Take a listen after the jump. … [Read more...]

#KillerSerials: PREACHER, “He Gone”

Tony Jones and Ryan Parker discuss this week's episode of PREACHER on AMC, the role of Cassidy as moral conscience, the brilliance of Ruth Negga (be sure to check out the trailer for LOVING), and what the hell Quincannon's up to. Take a listen after the jump. … [Read more...]


When compared to friends and fellow writers C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien, Charles Williams seems like an unknown. It’s a shame because I’ve always found his novels—also full of supernatural elements—to be more thoughtful and thought-provoking (theologically and spiritually) than Lewis' or Tolkien’s. Thankfully, Williams has finally received the attention he and his work deserves in the form of a fantastic new biography, Charles Williams: The Third Inkling by Grevel Lindop. … [Read more...]

#KillerSerials: PREACHER, “Monster Swamp,” “The South Will Rise Again,” & “Sundowner”

After a brief hiatus due to travels, tragedies, and holidays, Tony Jones and Ryan Parker are back to discuss the last three episodes of Preacher on AMC. In this episode, they discuss the nature of Genesis and its effect on Jesse, the loss of humility as a preacher's downfall, and Eugene's insight into guilt, forgiveness, and penance. Take a listen after the jump. … [Read more...]

BLOODLINE, Season 2: Confession and the Pasts that Haunt

In my reflections on the first season of Bloodline, I highlighted themes of unresolved grief, guilt, and the desire for revenge. I also argued that Danny (Ben Mendelsohn), the black sheep of the Rayburn family, functioned equally well as a ghost that haunted the family and a sacrificial lamb on which the family projected their fears and failings as he did an actual real, living character. While the second season "corrects" some of my misreadings of Danny's intentions on returning home in the f … [Read more...]

#KillerSerials: PREACHER, “The Possibilities”

This week, Craig Detweiler (professor of communications at Pepperdine University) joins Ryan Parker to talk about the latest episode of Preacher on AMC. They talk about divine complexities, reading John Muir in a slaughterhouse, and how the series captures the best of Bonnie and Clyde and No Country for Old Men. Listen after the jump. … [Read more...]

Book Review: APOSTLE

Tom Bissell's book, Extra Lives: Why Video Games Matter, is not only one of the best books written about video games, it's one of my favorite works of nonfiction. So when I saw that Bissell had turned his attention and wit to the apostles, I couldn't wait to read the results. It's as insightful, biting, and funny as I had hoped it would be. … [Read more...]