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Loki Recap: Out of Time (Episode 2)

With the introduction of the Multiverse, this is the sort of plot device that will bring about resurrections and connect all sorts of stories that weren’t supposed to be connected.

Seeing and Believing 293 | Jon M. Chu’s In the Heights

Crazy Rich Asians director Jon M. Chu helms this film version of the Lin-Manuel Miranda Broadway hit about an NYC neighborhood.

Dementia and Redemptive Memory in The Father

The Father reminds us how important it is to make room for good remembering, even in the absence of a good memory.

“When Your Friends Are Your Family”: The One Where They Get Back Together

But the idea that people go through a stage of “friends as family” and then graduate into “real” family is one I find to be a less-good story.

Persuasion 218 | Real Relationships, with Rachel Pieh Jones

Erin and Hannah invite Rachel Pieh Jones to help us learn how to show up in real relationship despite our differences.

A Grief Obscured: Horror and Hope in A Dark Song

Writer-Director Liam Gavin’s A Dark Song (2016) promises its audience horror, delivers creeping unease, and ultimately yields itself up to awe—taking us on a journey from the depths of entropic despair to the heights of spiritual renewal.

Loki Recap: Glorious Purpose (Episode 1)

And while Loki can’t articulate why he wants to rule, he is certainly attracted to power.

The One That Taught Us What Adulting Was All About

Rachel, Monica, Phoebe, Chandler, Joey, and Ross gave us something greater to aspire toward: togetherness. 

That Time That We All Decided to Feel Good about Ourselves, but Somehow It Didn’t End Poverty and Crime

While people sometimes make bad decisions because they feel bad about themselves, the truth is that people make bad decisions for all sorts of reasons, including because they feel excessively good about themselves.

Persuasion 217 | Showing Up Again

We’re heading back to the office, back to school, back to our faith communities. But after a year away, are we ready to show up?

Outwardly Wasting Away: Hope in the Horrible-Childhood Memoir

The most basic hopefulness present in every autobiographical disaster tale is its very existence. The name of the author on the front cover, together with their picture on the back flap, proclaims to the reader, “I survived.”

Seeing and Believing 292 | Craig Gillespie’s “Cruella”

Disney tries to drum up some sympathy for the devil with their latest live-action film to delve into the background of Cruella de Vil.

Call for Pitches: Perspective

Write for our digital magazine! Submit a pitch by 6/7 for a feature article on the theme of perspective.

Redeeming von Trapp: Coming to Terms with Unwanted Legacies

To invest one short moment with such great meaning, Plummer must have done, to coin a phrase, something good.

Cinderella, Strong Women, and the Courage to Be Kind

As the months of the pandemic translated into far more hours spent inside and online than outside and in person, I have seen more ugliness—more meanness—in this world than ever before.

Seeing and Believing 291 | Rose Glass’s “Saint Maud”

What’s the line between religious devotion and religious obsession? Wade and Kevin explore this with their review of Saint Maud.