Arts & Leisure

Jim Gaffigan and the food purity movement

Jim Gaffigan is one of my favorite comedians. He jokes about kids, being a dad and liking food too much. I can relate. His book Dad is Fat spent 17 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Both his Comedy Central special, Obsessed, and book, Food: A Love Story,…  [more]

Sea-ologians of the deep

At one point in Richard Linklater's Boyhood, Mason asks his father if there's magic in the world. Probably not literal magic, his dad replies. But then he asks the boy: if you didn’t know what a whale was and someone told you there was a giant mammal that lived underwater with a heart as big…  [more]

Why The Simpsons went to church (and what they found there)

In The Simpsons’ 1990s heyday – well before the Simpsons Marathon currently going on at FX - pundits frequently observed that it was one of the only places on television where the characters regularly went to church. That fact pushed back against the conservative outrage - they swear! they neglect…  [more]

John Michael McDonagh on confessionals and Calvary

The new film Calvary has been receiving a lot of praise, including here on TC, for its nuanced portrayal of a Catholic priest, played by Brendan Gleeson. I recently interviewed the writer and director, John Michael McDonagh, for the Filmspotting podcast I co-host, and I'm glad to be able to…  [more]

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