Shang-Chi and the Porous Self

Shang-Chi moved away from the modern “buffered” self toward a recognition of the enchanted “porous” self.

The Mysterious Benedict Society Recap: You Are Seen (Episode 8)

In a variety of ways, The Mysterious Benedict Society series is more emotive and less disciplined than its print counterpart.

The Mysterious Benedict Society Recap: Go! (Episode 7)

In The Mysterious Benedict Society,“going” isn’t intrinsically good or bad: it depends on how you are going…and whom you are going with.

The Mysterious Benedict Society Recap: Truth Be Told (Episode 6)

The Mysterious Benedict Society poses deep, perhaps insoluble, questions related to the subject of truthfulness.

The Mysterious Benedict Society Recap: Unity, Not Uniformity (Episode 5)

The Mysterious Benedict Society insists that true unity proceeds through difference, not in spite or in opposition to difference.

“That’s Just What the Hebrews Thought”: On Sacred and Secular Relics in Film

Unlike the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the best Indiana Jones installments present viewers with truly sacred relics.

The Mysterious Benedict Society Recap: It’s the Little Things (Episode 4)

The Mysterious Benedict Society episode “A Whisper, Not a Shout” shares with its source material an emphasis on the importance of small, seemingly insignificant acts.

The Mysterious Benedict Society Recap: Oh Brother! (Episode 3)

Mr. Curtain in The Mysterious Benedict Society series differs from his counterpart in the novel but nicely satirizes the quintessential twenty-first-century tech baron.

The Mysterious Benedict Society Recap: Truth, Empathy (and Virtue?) (Episodes 1 and 2)

Can The Mysterious Benedict Society, a book that skewers screen-based media culture, be fully realized on just such a screen?

The Utopian Peccadilloes of Star Trek: Lower Decks

The darker subtexts of Star Trek: Lower Decks point to the reality that, in a very real and metaphysical sense, there are no “little” sins.

Mexican Gothic: Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s Dark Fairy Tale

Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s Mexican Gothic functions as both a weird Gothic horror and a fairy tale.

CBS All Access’s Spiritless Twilight Zone

Rod Serling’s Twilight Zone could contend for human worth on the basis of a shared imago Dei, a spiritual aspect that provides an inherent value to each individual, while the reboot seems content to regard men and women materialistically.

Returning to the Darkness: Following David Lindsay on A Voyage to Arcturus, 100 Years Later

David Lindsay sought after truth, and he believed the way to truth passed through pain, denial, and sacrifice.

From Boccaccio to Chaucer: Storytelling during and after Plague Time

Why do something so frivolous as telling stories when human lives may be at stake? Shouldn’t we be in the business of… well, surviving?

Hippocampus Press, Small Publishers, and the Full Library

Religious readers may find important insights in the dark corners explored by Hippocampus Press and other niche publishers of weird fiction.

Star Trek: Picard’s Beautiful Failure of Imagination

Star Trek: Picard cannot conceive a vision for the good life without an ending in death, which is a failure of imagination.