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contrasting view on Katniss Everdeen

Some are frustrated with how Katniss seems to remain a pawn of others throughout, never making any true decisions of her own, not even the decision of whom to love. Moreover, some would argue, she never really rises above the … Continue reading

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In Praise of T.I.

I’m going to assume that I don’t need to first convince you of the value and artistry of rap music. Not every example of it, obviously, but of the genre itself. It prizes verbal wordplay, which rewards a quick wit, … Continue reading

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Barbara Nicolosi on “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”

Barbara Nicolosi, and her blog, Church of the Masses, is one of the reasons why I started the current iteration of this site. Her writings on pointing to God by creating art in pop culture are amazing, and her reviews … Continue reading

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Wreck-It Ralph Overcomes Being Born That Way

I just got back from seeing Disney’s “Wreck-It Ralph”. It was excellent; not just fun but moving and meaningful. I think that Disney buying Pixar and putting John Lasseter in charge of all animation may have been the best thing … Continue reading

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“30 Days of Night” and the Hopelessness of a Life Devoid of God

30 Days of Night is a 2007 horror film. On one level it is the horrific story of an isolated Alaskan town besieged by vampires during a month-long darkness; on another level it is a sad story of a man, … Continue reading

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I should interview Doug Jones…

I decided one day that the actor Doug Jones and I should be friends.  I have done this before, with success, first with the production studio that made my favorite TV show of my youth and then with my favorite … Continue reading

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Somebody That I Used to Know

We humans are made for communion, for intimacy, for connection with God and others — and when we experience it, we know we’ve had a brush with the eternal. Even though I was an atheist in those years, I never … Continue reading

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Ridley Scott’s “Prometheus”

Prometheus is a brilliant, and largely misunderstood, film. It is the story of an android, David, his anger towards his creators, and his curiosity about their creators. David is the protagonist and humanity is the antagonist. We are meant to … Continue reading

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“On Beauty”, pages 18-29

pp. 18-19 Proust, for example, says we make a mistaken when we talk disparagingly or discouragingly about “life”, because by using this general term, “life,” we have already excluded before the fact all beauty and happiness, which take place only … Continue reading

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Generation ISO singer in amber

I see them standing on the street corners sometimes, thirty-something and keening, deeply feeling the absence. These are the ones behind the craigslist posts that haunt me. In “lost+found” and “musicians” and “generation seeks singer-songwriter”, it’s always the same: Early … Continue reading

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