THE TRUTH INSIDE DEAD BOOKS: Looking at TRUE DETECTIVE

“Behold what was once a man,” Frank Semyon (Vince Vaughn) utters in the second season premiere of HBO’s True Detective. The quote is taken from Rev. Walter Mitchell’s obscure 1868 work titled Bryan… Continue reading

STORYMEN PODCAST ON BETTER CALL SAUL WITH JOHN BUCHER

9 THINGS WE KNOW ABOUT THE LEFTOVERS – SEASON 2

Thanks to sources such as Deadline, TV Line, Amy Brenneman, and Damon Lindelof himself, we are beginning to piece together the world we will see in the second season of The Leftovers. Here’s what we know… Continue reading

SOMETHING TO BELIEVE IN: The Gospel According to Metalhead

Few people make it to the end of their life without being wounded. For most, the wounds are not fatal. Becoming skilled at hiding our wounds is a badge of honor in American… Continue reading

BETTER TALK SAUL podcast – GUEST: JOHN BUCHER of Welcome to the Sideshow

ROBBING PETER TO PAY SAUL

“It could be argued that all of life is one great coincidence,” Jimmy McGill theorizes in Hero, the fourth installment of AMC’s new hit, Better Call Saul. What doesn’t seem to be a… Continue reading

BETTER CALL SAUL: Broken Legs, Hammurabi’s Code, & the Ancient Art of Law

The idea of law is complex. At various times in the history of the human social structure, who decided what was acceptable and just how that was to be defined changed radically. Usually… Continue reading

THE ETHICS OF BETTER CALL SAUL: Talking to Bob Odenkirk & Vince Gilligan

When I asked Bob Odenkirk if he could talk about Saul Goodman’s ethics on his new show, Better Call Saul, premiering this week on AMC, he effortlessly demonstrated why he is the heir… Continue reading

Talking Wonder, Faith, and Science with Neil deGrasse Tyson

Neil deGrasse Tyson might be the most intelligent man alive. The case for this claim would not be hard to make. If not THE most intelligent, he’s certainly one of the most interesting.… Continue reading

Weird Metanarratives with Pete Holmes and Joseph Campbell

STORY. What does that word really mean? And why do we tell them? Flannery O’Conner once said that everyone knows what a story is until they sit down to write one. I’ve spent… Continue reading