THE INVITATION to THE PATH: Pain, The Search for Truth, and Being in Community

I spent the weekend in a cult frame of mind. Saturday morning, I watched Karyn Kusama's great new film, The Invitation, and spent much of Sunday afternoon obsessing over the terrific new Hulu series, The Path. Both have, whether their characters admit to it or not, cults at the center of their narratives. But the film and series are about much more than that as they also provide windows into much broader discussions about faith and the variety of ways we believe in and belong to religious c … [Read more...]

#KillerSerials: THE PATH, Episodes 1 & 2

Tony Jones and Ryan Parker turn their attention to the new Hulu series, The Path, and discuss the first two episodes and what the series says about faith in general, how we belong and behave in religious communities, and how communities of faith interact with the "outside world." Read on for a book recommendation to go along with the series and take a listen to the episode. … [Read more...]

On Netflix Tomorrow: HUSH

A single, deaf-mute woman living alone in a cabin in the woods. The horror/thriller Hush (Blumhouse and Intrepid Pictures) almost writes itself. As such, it offers little in the way of narrative surprises, but its fresh use of sound--given its heroine's disabilities--adds something intriguing to the mix. … [Read more...]

#KillerSerials: The People v. OJ Simpson, Ep. 10

Tony Jones and Ryan Parker discuss the finale of American Crime Story: The People v. OJ Simpson and the stellar cast, the role of prophet vs. preacher, and justice in the judicial system. Listen in after the jump.  … [Read more...]

New Comics: BLACK PANTHER and THE FIX

Two new series kick off today that are worth checking out...and are somewhat loosely related...Marvel's latest installment of Black Panther and Image Comics' The Fix. Black Panther boasts a new writer to the medium who writes extensively on issues of race and power, while The Fix is is a funny, and frequently disturbing, take on police corruption and abuses of power. Read on for more. … [Read more...]

Apocalypses Grand and Intimate: A Review of STATION ELEVEN

As big of a fan as I am of the post-apocalyptic genre (films, TV series, and novels), beautiful isn't the first word I'd use to describe many of these texts. But it's the first word I mumbled to myself as I finished Emily St. John Mandel's novel, Station Eleven. … [Read more...]

#KillerSerials: The People v. OJ Simpson, Ep. 9

With Tony Jones on vacation this week, Ryan Parker and John Bucher discuss this week's episode of American Crime Story: The People v. OJ Simpson, how Mark Fuhrman functions as a nation's scapegoat, how the actors stack up against each other (Courtney B. Vance to the top!), and just who our protagonist is. Listen after the jump! … [Read more...]

HUMAN ACTS: A Review

With The Vegetarian, readers have found in Han Kang a writer of immense talent. From the basis of one character's small, private decision, she wove a haunting narrative that is as beautiful as it is frightening and as political as it is personal. For Human Acts, her next book available in English (and as with The Vegetarian, also translated by Deborah Smith), Kang starts with a monumental, national event (though one likely unfamiliar to most Western readers), the Gwangju Uprising. Here, Kang p … [Read more...]


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