Tag Archive: pop culture

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

The Uncommon Conflict of A Man Named Common

            “James Bevel wasn’t perfect. Martin Luther King wasn’t perfect. That’s what I loved about getting to experience this film. You got to see the human beings.” Common could… Continue reading

SELMA Star David Oyelowo – His Faith & Calling to Play MLK

Recently, I got a chance to sit down with David Oyelowo, who plays Martin Luther King Jr. in the new film, SELMA. He shared a story with me about his journey to playing… Continue reading

EMBRACING CHRISTIAN MYTHOLOGY in EXODUS: GODS & KINGS

Humphrey Carpenter tells a story in his book The Inklings of a conversation between J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and Hugo Dyson. The conversation is significant because it essentially is what led Lewis to… Continue reading

LEARNING TO BE DISAGREEABLE

I grew up afraid of people that disagreed with me. I think I learned to do that in church. The standard reaction to those we disagreed with was avoidance. I remember learning that… Continue reading

The Overnighters: What Does It Mean To Be Good?

What does it mean to be good? What does it really mean to love your neighbor? If you’re like me, theory is much easier to come by than practice. I talk a good… Continue reading

EXCLUSIVE: Damon Lindelof talks about THE LEFTOVERS

Wednesday night (October 28, 2014) at the Television Academy in Los Angeles, Damon Lindelof discussed his role as a show runner on LOST and THE LEFTOVERS. Lindelof revealed that he and his staff had… Continue reading

HOW TO BE AFRAID – Looking at The Leftovers

My introduction to the idea of the rapture came through film and television, so my attention was naturally drawn to The Leftovers since first learning about the show. Having read Tom Perotta’s book… Continue reading