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Dear Evan Hansen, I'm Missing Richard Simmons from S-Town, or: A Note from the Outcast

Dear Evan Hansen, I'm Missing Richard Simmons from S-Town, or: A Note from the Outcast

I saw the emotional avalanche that is Dear Evan Hansen two weeks ago, on a yearly childless pilgrimage my husband and I make to the city where we fell in love, and conveniently, where Mockingbird holds an annual conference. Maybe it’s the range and sincerity displayed by headliner Ben Platt, with whose image I am considering […]

The Theology of Everything: Jane and Stephen Hawking Head to the Cross

The Theology of Everything: Jane and Stephen Hawking Head to the Cross

The title of the Oscar-nominated movie The Theory of Everything might seem a little ambitious, maybe even ironic in its magnitude. In some ways, it is. The title refers to real-life physicist Stephen Hawking’s initial desire to find what he called a theory of everything, a single equation to explain the creation of the universe […]

Alien Righteousness: Reflections on <i>Prometheus</i> and its "Sequels"

Alien Righteousness: Reflections on Prometheus and its "Sequels"

It’s time to talk about Prometheus. If you haven’t seen it, probably best to stop reading now [rhymes with ‘boiler inert’]. But before we do, a few reflections on the franchise out of whose chest it sprang. For all of its flaws, the Alien quadrilogy has aged remarkably well. In fact, the flaws are a […]

Stephen Hawking on Depravity (of the 4th Kind)

Stephen Hawking on Depravity (of the 4th Kind)

Steven Hawking (famous handicapped physicist) did a hilarious piece for the discovery channel on (get this!) aliens and the doctrine of total depravity. While commenting on SETI, he argued that we really shouldn’t be broadcasting our location throughout the universe.  If aliens do exist, and they’re traversing space via wormholes and hyperspace, the reason they […]

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