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Stranger Things Reminds Us of the Lessons We Keep Forgetting

These truths seem obvious, but perhaps we need a reminder.

The Relatable Longings of Stranger Things and This Is Us

These stories remind viewers of humanity’s universal, never-ending need for validation—to be fully seen and understood.

The Digital Art That Graces Our Lives: Boss Fight Books and the Need to Take Games Seriously

Boss Fight Books is a quirky, charming series that weaves together journalism, criticism, game theory, and often a heavy dose of memoir.

Persuasion 118: Going Solo during the Holidays with Gina Dalfonzo

Erin and Hannah invite Gina Dalfonzo to detail the ways that we all can be more mindful about how we think about and treat those who are not married.

Stranger Longings: Belonging and Adoption in ST2

Eleven longs for somewhere to belong more than most, though almost every character in Stranger Things 2 mirrors this struggle in some way.

Blade Runner 2049: Exploring Creation, Subcreation, Procreation, & Personhood

As we move forward into a “brave new world,” we have to wrestle with the questions posed in Blade Runner 2049.

Vintage Saints and Sinners by Karen Wright Marsh, Free for CAPC Members

In Vintage Saints and Sinners, Karen Wright Marsh manages to emphasize the vast goodness of spiritual giants while also humanizing them.

Local Ghosts

Even in the Hudson Valley, I think the larger appeal of Halloween is that our local ghosts can scare us, but we can, ultimately, domesticate them.

Seeing and Believing 131: Netflix’s Stranger Things 2 and Kenneth Branagh’s Murder on the Orient Express

Mysteries both paranormal and murder-y feature on this week’s episode. First the guys tackle Stranger Things, then go for a ride on the Orient Express.

The Christian Rock Star Who Put Out a Hit on His Wife

I like to think that, centuries from now, “Christian rock music” will be thought of as yet another inexplicable oddity of Church history, alongside Origen’s self-mutilation, the Crusades, and whatever it is with Lutherans and Jell-O.

Signing Kaepernick: Self-Atonement Marketing or Justice?

There is a reason why many people are reluctant to forgive, let alone support, individuals and businesses that market their self-atonement.

A Worthy Experience: Beautiful Eulogy’s New Album

With the grungy kicks, straightforward lyrics, melodic choruses, and subtle inversions of various instruments, Worthy compiles a wonderful album experience.

Persuasion 117: Remember When You Used to Be Bored?

Erin and Hannah discuss giving our minds a rest by being bored or engaging in play, and what we might be losing by engaging serious thought in every lull.

The Dissect Podcast Fills a Gaping Hole in Music Criticism

Dissect reminds us that we need critics who help us engage with art more deeply.

American Gods: A Pagan Enchantment Which Does Not Satisfy

What is it about the idea of things, powers, and beings beyond nature that draws people into these stories?

Horizon Zero Dawn and the Technology That Enslaves and Saves Us

Horizon Zero Dawn is a story about creation, fall, redemption, and restoration, but one in which technology is the true religion and artificial intelligence the ultimate god.