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Nature's Cathedrals

By now, you might think, celebrated filmmaker Ken Burns should be able to concoct historical documentaries in his sleep. With acclaimed series like The Civil War,...

Scriptural Soap

It’s extreme-makeover time for a portion of the Old Testament—and the results are pretty swanky. Kings, a recently launched NBC drama, sets the story of David and...

Temple or Memorial?

These days the news business appears to be teetering precariously between extinction and a banal ubiquity. On the one hand, each day seems to usher in more crises...

Costume Drama

Marketing has become the lifeblood of American culture—witness this election season’s theatrics, from photo-ops at Middle American diners, to balloon-saturated and...

Bad Orchard

In April 2004, photographs from Abu Ghraib showing U.S. Army MPs humiliating and abusing Iraqi prisoners sent shockwaves around the world. One photo of an Iraqi,...

Family Values

Most of my knowledge of American history comes from the musical 1776. Not that I didn’t study the subject in more traditional circumstances. From a year-long U.S....

Bringing Out the Dead

For most of us, the profession of mortician would fall fairly low on a list of desirable employments. Choosing to handle dead bodies, to deal with grieving...

The Last Chapter

It’s been a month since the HBO series The Sopranos faded to black, the details of New Jersey gangster Tony Soprano’s destiny left ambiguous. In just a week—but who...

Family Business

Jay Gatsby would invite them to a party. Holly Golightly of Breakfast at Tiffany’s fame would see them as kindred souls. They are the Malloys, the family...

Salvation & ‘The Sopranos'

In Romans 8:22, St. Paul says that the “whole creation has been groaning” while awaiting redemption. He wrote these words as an evangelist addressing the fledgling...

TV Land

It’s a good thing television producers don’t run the government: Politics would be much less entertaining. Or so one might be inclined to think...

Refined Sugar

Don’t underestimate the significance of the junk food. I’m talking about the junk food that’s a recurrent motif in TNT’s hit drama The...
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Moral Agents

April 20, 2015 | 1 comment

Serious Fun

September 30, 2013 | 0 comments