Fosse/Verdon Recap, “All I Care about Is Love” (Episode 6)

The tragedy of Bob Fosse was that however good he was at what he did—and he was very, very, very good—he never felt good enough.

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.

Fosse/Verdon Recap, “Where Am I Going?” (Episode 5)

It’s not excusing his hurtful, hedonistic behavior to observe that something is broken inside Bob Fosse.

Fosse/Verdon Recap, “Glory” (Episode 4)

What will “going on” for Fosse look like, and is it possible to do more than just “go on” the way he has been?

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.

Fosse/Verdon Recap, “Who’s Got the Pain?” (Episode 2)

In this second episode of Fosse/Verdon, the pattern of their relationship is being set.

Ordinary Heroism in Lloyd Alexander’s The Book of Three

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

Fosse/Verdon Recap: “Life Is a Cabaret” (Episode 1)

Both of them firmly believe that great art offers things like truth and consolation to people who need them.

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.

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.