Zombies Among Us: iZombie Chows Down on Dehumanization

iZombie explores the dangers of dehumanization as Liz learns to humanize others by consuming their brains.

Hope in My Earbuds: A Tribute to the Gilmore Guys

For Kevin Porter of Gilmore Guys, hospitality looked like a podcast with a posture of welcome and inclusion.

Twenty Years Later, Radiohead’s OK Computer Still Sounds Brand New

Part of OK Computer’s genius is that it captures the ways in which our technology detaches us.

Politics as Entertainment, Then and Now

There’s a long history that’s given us the expectation that our politics should entertain us.

Voyager, Blind Willie Johnson, and Our Shared Humanity

If Voyager encounters alien life, what will the spacecraft and the record it carries tell about the human race?

‘It’s Not about Deserve’: Truth, Pity, and a Deeper Magic in Wonder Woman

We crave heroes like Wonder Woman who give undeserved mercy to those who deserve destruction.

Daniel Tiger’s Rhythms of Grace

The songs of Daniel Tiger have become little liturgies that shape my daughter’s days.

On DAMN., Kendrick Wrestles Without Resolution

Kendrick’s latest album offers less resolution for his fans. And that’s okay.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Explores the Many Lies We Believe

In Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, we see the consequences of denying truth.

Chris Cornell’s Untimely Death Reminds Us That We Never Need to Be Alone

Perhaps the healthiest way to cope at this point is to remember Chris Cornell’s place in our lives.

Literature as Equipment for Living: The Case of The Man Who Was Thursday

The Man Who Was Thursday equips us to endure our “dissolving age” by reminding us that there is a larger plan set in motion ages ago by the author of our existence.

“We Were Voyagers!” Disney’s Moana Revels in the Quickening Power of Tradition

The contemporary stereotype of tradition — which Moana so beautifully subverts — is that it’s static and deadening.

Brief Interviews with Hideous Fans: The Ethics of Being a David Foster Wallace Fan

It is possible to be a fan of someone’s work without insisting that everyone else feel the same way.

Makoto Shinkai’s Your Name Is a Beautiful Portrayal of Human Longing and Fulfillment

Your Name earnestly embraces a sense of longing as something natural to the human existence.

Dorothy Parker’s Fearless Criticism Made Me a Better Writer (and a Better Person)

Dorothy Parker was far removed from my Christian comfort zone but her work helped me to find a voice of my own.

For the Love of S-Town

S-Town bears out the shared fate of body and place.