Cathedrals in Suitcases: The Marvelous Atmospheres of Progressive Rock

In the fifteenth chapter of C.S. Lewis’s novel That Hideous Strength, the gods – that is, the Oyarsa, the planetary intelligences – descend into the drawing room of an English manor. In a recent post I alluded to the entrances of Mars and Saturn.  The others are no less vividly described.  Mercury is electric, fleet-footed, … More Cathedrals in Suitcases: The Marvelous Atmospheres of Progressive Rock

Truth in the Square: Resisting Evil Ideologies

  One of the habits I’ve inherited from the Christian Humanist Podcast’s Dr. Nathan Gilmour, who was my adviser and mentor and is now my colleague, is the practice of reading widely and deeply so that I can put texts from different times and different places, ideas that might otherwise never have met, into conversation … More Truth in the Square: Resisting Evil Ideologies

That Unearthly Aroma: My Favorite Kind of Horror Story

In the summertime, when I was a child, dozens of spiders would congregate on the ceiling of our carport just above the back door. There were large spiders and small spiders, web-spinners and hole-hiders, and perhaps even a wolf spider or two, but the most numerous were the ones we called granddaddy longlegs: round bodies … More That Unearthly Aroma: My Favorite Kind of Horror Story

Saving the World: How ‘Wonder Woman’ Succeeds Where ‘Man of Steel’ Failed

The moment DC announced that Wonder Woman, seventy-six years after her first appearance in the pages of DC’s All-Star Comics, would finally get to star in a film of her own, a part of me began silently dreading the release date.  The previous DC Extended Universe films under Zack Snyder’s creative direction failed to impress … More Saving the World: How ‘Wonder Woman’ Succeeds Where ‘Man of Steel’ Failed

De-Evolution: How ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ Fails Where ‘Days of Future Past’ Succeeded

This analysis (unavoidably) contains a whole host of spoilers for both X-Men: Apocalypse and X-Men: Days of Future Past.  Proceed at your own risk. As of this writing, X-Men: Apocalypse has been in theaters for about a month, but I suspect there are still quite a few fans out there who’ve yet to see it … More De-Evolution: How ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ Fails Where ‘Days of Future Past’ Succeeded

Angels, Ghosts, and Fairy Tales: Some Seasonally-Appropriate Thoughts Concerning Sentimentality

Christmas, among its many other commercial functions, is television time.  Switch on the TV at any given hour of the day, and you’re bound to stumble across a Beloved Holiday ClassicTM playing on this channel or that.  A Charlie Brown Christmas still rakes in huge ratings during its twice-yearly showing on ABC, A Christmas Story airs … More Angels, Ghosts, and Fairy Tales: Some Seasonally-Appropriate Thoughts Concerning Sentimentality