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Les Mousserables

Monstrous Divinity and the Possibility of a Tear in the Eye of the Law

I finally got around to watching Tom Hooper’s Les Mis while vacationing last week–shame on me, I know–but what a treat. As others have noted, the director somehow succeeded in making an adaptation that is both faithful and daring at the same time. The final product transcends almost all of the Hollywood-isms that could have […]

Another Week Ends: Helpful Selves, Happy Meanings, Simple Saints, Good Bishops, Beloved Zombies and Portland Missionaries

1. Kathryn Schulz (of Being Wrong fame) wrote an article for New York Magazine that’ll get your motors running, “The Self in Self-Help.” It’s a bit of a conceptual quagmire to be honest, esp for those of us who consider God to be more than a metaphor, but it’s also pretty fun. Positively jammed with […]

Another Year Ends: Evangelical Decline, more Les Mis, Tebow Absurdity, Anxious Parents, The Hobbit, Apatow in Crisis, Millenial Affirmations and A Muppet Family Christmas

1. An uncommonly insightful piece by John Dickerson appeared in The NY Times about “The Decline of Evangelical America.” Writing as an evangelical himself, Dickerson recites some jarring statistics before launching into a sympathetic and genuinely hopeful conclusion, ht SZ: In 2007, the Institute for Jewish and Community Research, in a survey of 1,300 college […]

PZ’s Podcast: Now What?, Amberley Wildbrooks, Hotel Taft, Dissociated Chef d’Oeuvre, First Infinite Frost, and Victor Hugo

Episode 125: Now What? You’ve got to see the Blu Ray of “The Egyptian” (1954). Not just because it displays a certain kind of ‘high water mark’ for the Hollywood studio system and its visual and musical artistry. But also because it enshrines a kind of deep insight that a person simply cannot shake after […]

The Return of Les Mis and The Return of The Return of Martin Guerre

It’s a good year to be Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schoenberg, the librettist and composer of Les Miserables. With the star-studded film adaptation about to hit theaters, Les Mis is everywhere–again; Susan Boyle almost seems like a distant memory, God bless her. Of course, for those of us who grew up with parents who were […]

Coming Soon to Theaters: The Christmas Love of Les Mis

“Blessed are the merciful; for they shall obtain mercy” (Matt. 5:7). In the MacDougall house we are waiting with bated breath for tickets to go on sale. No, we’re not Twihards. We’re talking Les Miserables. The new movie/musical comes out Christmas Day. We might spend the whole day in the theater and what better way […]

Sanctuary! – a Theological Appreciation of an Old Practice

If you’ve ever seen the Disney movie, or read Victor Hugo’s book – you know about the practice of Sanctuary given by the church to those seeking asylum. While the actual practice of asylum has varied since its first attestation in the year 343, the basic gist is that anyone who was pursued by secular […]

Terror and Deliverance in Les Miserables

From page 389-390 of the unabridged version of Victor Hugo’s unparalleled epic (ht DJ): Forests are apocalypses; and a tiny soul’s beating wings make an agonizing sound beneath their monstrous vault. Without being conscious of what she was experiencing, Cosette felt seized by this black enormity of nature. It was not merely terror that held […]

Les Mis

“He did not attempt to give his robe to the folds of Elijah’s mantle; he cast no ray of the future on the dark scroll of events; he did not seek to condense the glimmer of things into flame; he was nothing of the prophet and nothing of the magician. His humble soul loved, and […]