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What Are Intellectuals Good For?

A recent NPR podcast featured George Scialabba’s new book entitled What are Intellectuals Good For?, and it seems to me that a more relevant question can hardly be posed to our culture, thick with celebrity worship, self-aggrandizement, and ‘chuffed to bits‘ with anything that has even the remotest potential to make us wealthier. (FYI: I […]

Joss Whedon on The True Enemy of Humanism

Joss Whedon (creator of the incredible Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly, and Dollhouse) recently received the Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award in Cultural Humanism from the Harvard Humanist Society, and delivered an interesting address at Memorial Church at Harvard. Here’s a snippet of it, but the most interesting part is the last 20 odd seconds, […]

Mockingbird at the Movies: Black Snake Moan

Ever wanted to watch a movie about a nymphomaniac chained to a radiator? Ever wanted to feel good about it? Black Snake Moan is for you. Craig Brewer, the man behind Hustle & Flow, brings us the story of Rae and Lazarus, the nymphomaniac and the owner of the radiator, respectively. Played by Christina Ricci […]

The Megachurch Is Falling! The Megachurch Is Falling!

Hey all you party people.So there’s this guy named Michael Spencer in Kentucky living in a “Christian community.” He runs a really great blog called Internet Monk. And he just wrote a piece for The Christian Science Monitor predicting a major collapse of Evangelical Christianity over the next ten years. Some of his predictions will […]

Book Review – Original Sin: A Cultural History

The best book I read in 2008 was Original Sin: A Cultural History by Alan Jacobs. Jacobs, who teaches English at Wheaton College, begins by pointing out that throughout history (and in almost every culture) humankind has always pondered the question, “if we are basically good, or at best morally neutral, then why is the […]