Arts & Leisure

Robin Williams and inner peace

The mania was always part of the magic. Now, with Robin Williams dead by his own hand at the age of 63, we can only wonder if that magic came at a costly price. Of course, for those of us who didn’t know Williams, such wondering is grim, speculative and…  [more]

The common grace of fake vacation destinations

I recently returned from a trip in which I visited Norway, Mexico, California - even outer space and the future. In other words, I went to Disney World with my family. While Disney has been a part of the vacation landscape for quite some time, there is a new trend…  [more]

Reconsidering relatability

An off-handed Twitter comment from radio personality Ira Glass about Shakespeare has set forth an interesting discussion about what it means to find a story “relatable” and whether or not we should prefer to engage media that is relatable for us. Rebecca Mead of the New Yorker, for instance, is…  [more]

Al Feldstein and the laughable legacy of Mad magazine

After the recent death of Al Feldstein, the former editor of Mad magazine, many commentators traced the roots of cultural icons like Saturday Night Live, The Onion and The Simpsons to his satirical style and skeptical skewering. For me, it was an opportunity to consider why his sense of humor…  [more]

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