Arts & Leisure

The ascetic appeal of tiny living

We Americans love our stuff. No doubt about it. Consumerism is as American as supersize fries. Any excess naturally brings counter movements toward the opposite extreme. One recent response to wanton consumerism is “tiny living,” a philosophy that emphasizes environmental awareness, adventurousness, self-sufficiency, simplicity, fiscal soundness and - its most…  [more]

The incarnational allure of live TV

A funny thing is happening in the medium of television. We are seeing more and more of something that was popular in TV’s early days: live events. This trend is likely influenced by two other developments: the accessibility and popularity of streaming and time-shifting technology, which makes it more convenient…  [more]

Faris, The Flash and Fargo: the top ten television shows of 2014

10. The Middle The Middle has always been great - and criminally underappreciated - but this season the show has outdone itself with Brick’s debut on the dating scene, Sue’s quest for college and Frankie’s disastrous home-improvement schemes. If we weren’t laughing so hard, all of us struggling to make…  [more]

Jane the Virgin’s deterministic comedy

Virgin birth may seem like an odd subject for a comedy, but Jane the Virgin is no ordinary comedy. In fact, it’s a little miracle. To tell its sensationalist story of a young woman (Gina Rodriguez) from a devout Catholic family who is artificially inseminated by mistake during a gynecologist’s…  [more]

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