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Paths to Glory Light and Dark: Star Wars Recovers Its Pelagian Heart

Paths to Glory Light and Dark: Star Wars Recovers Its Pelagian Heart

This post is brought to you by the one and only Jeremiah Lawson aka Wenatchee the Hatchet.

It might be because I’ve been reading Mark Noll’s America’s God but in the 21st century it can seem that the ideal deity for Americans might just be the Force. With the arrival of Episode VII, The Force Awakens, it appears that Star Wars has the magic back. Yeah, it’s basically the stuff we’ve seen before, but it’s what we’ve wanted to see that we didn’t see in the prequels. Gone are the inept attempts at Greco-Roman tragedy for Anakin Skywalker. Gone are talk…

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A Row of Your Favorite Cereals, Anytime You Want: The Gospel According to Pixar

A Row of Your Favorite Cereals, Anytime You Want: The Gospel According to Pixar

Anthony Lane of The New Yorker penned a fantastic and very thorough profile of everyone’s favorite studio last week, Pixar. As suspected/rumored, their “corporate culture” appears to have been lifted straight out of Grace in Practice; they understand intuitively that great work is always the fruit of a root, that motivation/the internal life is everything when it comes to creativity, that art cannot be leveraged out of people. Indeed, (lasting) collaboration itself is a matter of friendship and shared interest, and even perfectionism can be subordinated to story. Lane’s descriptions of Pixar head honcho John Lasseter almost bring Thornton Wilder’s…

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