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.

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.

The Good Place Recap: “Pandemonium” (Season 3, Episode 12)

D. L. Mayfield recaps the season 3 finale of The Good Place, “Pandemonium.”

The Good Place Recap: The Book of Dougs & Chidi Sees a Time Knife (Season 3, Episodes 10 & 11)

What if we resisted dehumanization as our first goal in life, as a way to reflect glory on the one who created us?

Storied: The Compelling Hopefulness of Sad Stories

The catharsis of a sad story is the catharsis of a life lived in expectation that it is not now okay, but it will be okay someday.

The Good Place Recap: Janet(s) (Season 3, Episode 9)

We are defined not just by who we are, but by who we are in relationship to one another.

The Good Place Recap: Don’t Let the Good Life Pass You By (Season 3, Episode 9)

I too am obsessed with the psychology of do-gooders and how they help us understand the world we live in through their failed attempts at perfection.

The Good Place Recap: The Worst Possible Use of Free Will (Season 3, Episode 8)

D. L. Mayfield recaps the latest episode of The Good Place, “The Worst Possible Use of Free Will.”

The Good Place Recap: A Fractured Inheritance (Season 3, Episode 7)

D. L. Mayfield recaps the latest episode of The Good Place, “A Fractured Inheritance.”

The Good Place Recap: The Ballad of Donkey Doug (Season 3, Episode 6)

D. L. Mayfield recaps the latest episode of The Good Place, “The Ballad of Donkey Doug.”

The Good Place Recap: Jeremy Bearimy (Season 3, Episode 5)

D. L. Mayfield recaps and muses on the lastest episode of The Good Place, “Jeremy Bearimy.”

The Good Place Recap: The Snowplow (Season 3, Episode 4)

D. L. Mayfield recaps the latest episode of The Good Place, “The Snowplow”.

The Good Place Recap: The Brainy Bunch (Season 3, Episode 3)

My immediate thought after watching “The Brainy Bunch” is that The Good Place is starting to feel a little too normal.

The Good Place Recap: Everything Is Bonzer! (Season 3, Episodes 1 & 2)

D. L. Mayfield recaps the season three premiere of The Good Place, “Everything Is Bonzer!”