Arts & Leisure

Station Eleven and hope amidst apocalypse

Post-apocalyptic literature assumes the worst: pestilence, viruses and zombie uprisings fill the pages of many top-selling books, television shows and video games. It is also a genre that immediately forces questions of meaning onto its readers. What does it mean to survive? What is worth holding onto? To what lengths…  [more]

What happened to The Hobbit?

Now that Peter Jackson has concluded his three-part adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit with The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, I think it’s fair to say that the entire experience has been underwhelming. Yes, the movies continue to rake in money at the box office. Yet as…  [more]

Honoring complexity in Marilynne Robinson’s Lila

In her New York Times review of Lila, Diane Johnson commends the book’s author, Marilynne Robinson, for writing about faith. It’s an act she describes as downright “courageous” given the violent and negative associations with religion today. While Robinson has never been one to shrink from writing about matters of…  [more]

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