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

The benign neglect of Tony Stark and Peter Parker.

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.

Fosse/Verdon Recap, “Providence” (Series Finale)

This series has poignantly shown us that it was longing that defined the lives of Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon.

Don’t Disparage Fiction

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

Fosse/Verdon Recap, “Nowadays” (Episode 7)

Their relationship has become a sad reminder that you can have it all and still have nothing.

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.