Spider-Man: Far From Home and the Power of Personal Narratives

The benign neglect of Tony Stark and Peter Parker.

A New Hunger Games and the Unique Horror of YA Dystopian Stories

Why hasn’t YA dystopian literature returned before now, especially when it is taking up ample space on our television and movie screens, and in real life? 

Disney’s Retellings, Aladdin, and Our Cultural Imagination

Some remakes of classic tales may reflect changed cultural mores, but it is a fallacy to believe we are morally evolving with each passing decade.

Reality TV and Our Kingdom of Spectacle

Competing for titles, money, contracts, and (sometimes even) a person’s affections, all for the entertainment of an audience, can cause figurative deaths—devaluation of a person’s worth, the consumption of their soul.

Don’t Disparage Fiction

Fictional stories can help us see more clearly truths and falsehoods that seem complex in the real world.

Serial Storytelling in a Culture of Immediacy

As our only means of consuming entertainment, [binging] may turn us into fevered people impoverished for art that satisfies as only the True, the Beautiful, and the Good can.

Avengers: Endgame and the Devastation of Thor

In striving to move forward and figure out who he is, Thor feels the need to atone for his past failures.

Avengers: Endgame and the Redemption Saga of Tony Stark

His story, more than any other’s, encapsulates the ups and downs of the formation of the Avengers.

On Not Fearing Old Age, with Rob Thomas

“One Less Day (Dying Young)” is a simple, but thoughtful rebuke against the fear of old age and the desire to cling to youth.

Ordinary Heroism in Lloyd Alexander’s The Book of Three

Heroic lives are usually, in reality, as unglamorous as assistant pig-keeping.

The Vital Love of Friendship Stories

These friendship stories—in giving us fantastic scenarios—demonstrate how in God’s economy friendship is far from cheap.

Captain Marvel and the Importance of Telling Female Hero Stories

Women and girls must know they can be agents of change—that their voices are as loud and as true, their strength and dedication just as valued and valuable, as their male counterparts.

“In that enchanted place”: Stories and Permanence in an Impermanent World

The timelessness of stories reflects our longing for an existence unmarred by death.

To ‘Look Foul and Feel Fair’: Tolkien’s Influence on a Romantic YA Trope

Hope is one of the main reasons adult readers flock to YA books despite being “aged out” of the target audience.

What Is Masculinity? Gillette’s Challenge to Men in the Era of #MeToo

The Gillette ad can remind us that the outward trappings of “manliness” are not what God counts as good.

The Goodness of Community in the Stories of Michael Schur

I’m always happy to find stories that acknowledge the difficulty of living in community with others and show how we can live out (even in stumbling ways) manners of living peaceably with all.