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Another Week Ends: Death Cafés, <i>Eighth Grade</i>, Basement Revolver, Sterile Style, Church Planting, and the Meekness of God

Another Week Ends: Death Cafés, Eighth Grade, Basement Revolver, Sterile Style, Church Planting, and the Meekness of God

1. Lots to consider from this week’s first link: “The Positive Death Movement Comes to Life,” by John Leland for the Times (ht SZ). All told, this article is partly amazing, partly ridiculous. First, the amazing. “Death is having a moment,” the subtitle says. This is good news in the context of modernity’s widespread denial […]

Pennywise the Clown, Stephen King, and Jesus

Pennywise the Clown, Stephen King, and Jesus

This piece was written by Jill Moran. I married a man who learned from God through fiction. My husband swears by the hand of Stephen King in his spiritual life just as he does Brennan Manning, G.K. Chesterton, and the Apostle Paul. The sceptic in me, at first, saw only blood and horror at the sight […]

Blazes of Selfish Glory and Scary Clowns

Blazes of Selfish Glory and Scary Clowns

I once told a couple of friends while having a dark moment, and only half-jokingly, that my dream was to move to India, volunteer at the Sisters of Charity and die of the inevitable dysentery that would swiftly follow. I mean, my first world immune system would have all the resilience of wet tissue paper. […]

The Magnetism of the Exiled Soul to <i>Stranger Things</i>

The Magnetism of the Exiled Soul to Stranger Things

The most succinct way to describe Stranger Things is to say that it’s Steven Spielberg meets Stephen King–meets Netflix. It’s eight episodes and totally watchable in one week, or one night, depending on how willing you are to sacrifice your REMs. (Be warned: You’ll find it hard to finish one episode and resist at least watching […]

How Alexander Hamilton Got His Groove Back

How Alexander Hamilton Got His Groove Back

I’m that guy who made you watch “Lazy Sunday” two years after it aired on SNL, because he just heard it on his Weird Al Pandora station. (My gracious brother and sister-in-law have mercifully never mentioned it since.) Today, I’m the guy who heard a clip of Hamilton—after it smashed from Off-Broadway to Broadway to the Grammys—and […]

PZ's Podcast: Cursed Objects

PZ’s Podcast: Cursed Objects

Episode 212: Cursed Objects There was a silly vicar in an English stage revue entitled “Beyond the Fringe”. His sermon was a total send-up. (You can Youtube it easily.) Recently, however, I was in a situation in which that spoof came across as gravitationally serious. I was engaging — unsuccessfully — a problem of some […]

"I Can Feel It Coming in the Air Tonight, Oh Lord": Frank Darabont's <i>The Mist</i> (2007)

“I Can Feel It Coming in the Air Tonight, Oh Lord”: Frank Darabont’s The Mist (2007)

The fourth and final installment of Ian Olson & I’s Halloween series for Mbird focuses on Frank Darabont’s 2007 adaptation of a Stephen King novella, The Mist—which has been spoken about briefly before. The film stars Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden & Andre Braugher. Blake: The Mist is a throwback 60’s style creature flick where […]

In the Event of a Cosmic Horror, Pt. 5: The Creature Feature

In the Event of a Cosmic Horror, Pt. 5: The Creature Feature

This past weekend I set out to watch my three personal favorites of the creature feature sub-genre. Considering it was also my twenty-ninth birthday, these viewings made for good celebration (red flag: this guy is a little off, methinks). My selections may show my “chronological snobbery” (C.S. Lewis), but rest assured, I am in no […]

Do Ya Ken It? Stephen King's Parables of Grace in Action

Do Ya Ken It? Stephen King’s Parables of Grace in Action

A thrill to see Grace in Practice mentioned on CNN! John Blake posted an article on the network’s Belief Blog entitled “The Gospel of Stephen King,” and one of his chief interview subjects was our intrepid podcaster/father figure. The Christian subtext of King’s work probably won’t come as a surprise to anyone who’s read The […]

A Few Belated Year-End Lists

Sixteen Favorite Songs of 2008 in No Particular Order:1. Midnight’s Another Day – Brian Wilson2. Family Tree – TV On The Radio3. Mykonos – Fleet Foxes4. This Is Not A Test – She And Him5. When The Lights Go Out – Derek Webb and Sandra McCracken5. Love Runs Deeper – Lindsey Buckingham6. Miss Sweeney – […]

Post-Apocalypto: The Last Man on Earth... on Screen

Post-Apocalypto: The Last Man on Earth… on Screen

We are living in ominous times. Or so Hollywood tells us. It’s true though – impending doom has become a fixture in our political and cultural discourse as of late. The natural disasters of the past few years probably have something to do with it, as does the economic downturn, or you could just chalk […]