HBO’s Chernobyl and the Communal Nature of Sin

Chernobyl is an excellent show… with its emphasis on the net effect of human sin—the disproportionately catastrophic results of seemingly small errors.

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 Turn Away from the Trauma of Ava DuVernay’s When They See Us

When you see the fate of these boys, will you look away?

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.

Small Funny Things: The Subversive Gift of Tim Conway

Tim Conway shone a ray of light in a dark world by doing small things with great laughter.

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.

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?

Fosse/Verdon Recap, “Me and My Baby” (Episode 3)

Gwen finds herself trapped by the very expectations that her talent and hard work have brought her.

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.

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.

CAPC Jr.: Pop Culture Commentary from the Next Generation

In CAPC Jr., significant children in the lives of our writers pass on their own unique insights into some of their favorite cultural artifacts.

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

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