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What motivates the critic “is no more and no less than the simple desire to function freely and beautifully, to give outward and objective form to ideas that bubble inwardly and have a fascinating lure in them, to get rid of them dramatically and make an articulate noise in the world.”

H. L. Mencken

A science teacher could be a different type of worship leader.

Amelia Boynton Robinson

Amelia Boynton Robinson

The New York Times Magazine //  “The Lives They Lived”

Remembering some of the artists, innovators and thinkers we lost in the past year (2015).

Defiance Defined Her

“These images of a nameless middle-aged black woman left for dead shook a nation in denial. They exposed the violent hypocrisy of the world’s greatest democracy brutally denying millions of its citizens the right to vote. Five months later, Boynton Robinson stood in the White House as President Johnson signed the landmark 1965 Voting Rights Act into law.”

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Time–space compression (also known as space–time compression and time–space distantiation), first articulated in 1989 by geographer David Harvey in The Condition of Postmodernity,[1] refers to any phenomenon that alters the qualities of and relationship between space and time. A similar idea was proposed by Elmar Alvater in an article in Prokla in 1987 translated into English as Ecological and Economic Modalities of Time and Space and published in Capitalism Nature Socialism, 1(3) in 1989.
Time–space compression often occurs as a result of technological innovations that condense or elide spatial and temporal distances, including technologies of communication (telegraph, telephones, fax machines, Internet), travel (rail, cars, trains, jets), and economics (the need to overcome spatial barriers, open up new markets, speed up production cycles, and reduce the turnover time of capital). According to theorists like Paul Virilio, time-space compression is an essential facet of contemporary life: “Today we are entering a space which is speed-space … This new other time is that of electronic transmission, of high-tech machines, and therefore, man is present in this sort of time, not via his physical presence, but via programming” (qtd. in Decron 71[2]). Virilio also uses the term dromology to describe “speed-space.”

The Martian

The Martian

“What The Martian gives us is one vision of the future of space travel, one that does it—as a number of characters put it throughout the film—so that we can be connected to something “bigger than ourselves.

…Its perspective is a pretty balanced one, though: science exists to solve problems, and also to let us observe the beauty of the universe. That dual purpose resonates in a world full of debates over whether the sciences or the humanities are more important. It’s a silly argument, because they need each other.”

Full Review by Alissa Wilkinson, “Watch This Way,” Christianity Today

The Martian - REIMAGES


The Martian - REIMAGES

If I could tell you the movie, then there’d be no point in making it.

Jafar Panahi
Clyde Kilby’s Resolutions to Staying Alive

Clyde Kilby’s Resolutions to Staying Alive

1. At least once every day I shall look steadily up at the sky and remember that I, a consciousness with a conscience, am on a planet traveling in space with wonderfully mysterious things above and about me.

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Illustration by Marie Bergeron


2. Instead of the accustomed idea of a mindless and endless evolutionary change to which we can neither add nor subtract, I shall suppose the universe guided by an intelligence which, as Aristotle said of Greek drama, requires a beginning, middle, and an end. I think this will save me from the cynicism expressed by Bernard Russell before his death, when he said: “there is a darkness without, and when I die there will be a darkness within. There is no splendor, no vastness anywhere, only triviality for a moment, and then nothing.”

3. I shall not fall into the falsehood that this day, or any day, is merely another ambiguous and plodding 24 hours, but rather a unique event, filled, if I so wish, with worthy potentialities. I shall not be fool enough to suppose that trouble and pain are wholly evil parentheses in my existence but, just as likely, ladders to be climbed toward moral and spiritual manhood.

Tree of Life

The Tree of Life

4. I shall not turn my life into a thin straight line which prefers abstractions to reality. I shall know what I am doing when I abstract, which of course I shall often have to do.

5. I shall not demean my own uniqueness by envy of others. I shall stop boring into myself to discover what psychological or social categories I might belong to. Mostly I shall simply forget about myself and do my work.

6. I shall open my eyes and ears. Once every day I shall simply stare at a tree, a flower, a cloud or a person. I shall not then be concerned at all to ask what they are, but simply be glad that they are. I shall joyfully allow them the mystery of what Lewis calls their “divine, magical, terrifying, and ecstatic” existence.

7. I shall follow Darwin’s advice and turn frequently to imaginative things such as good literature and good music, preferably, as Lewis suggests, an old book and timeless music.

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San Diego, CA

8. I shall not allow the devilish onrush of this century to usurp all my energies but will instead, as Charles Williams suggested, “fulfill the moment as the moment.” I shall try to live well just now because the only time that exists is now.

9. If for nothing more than the sake of a change of view, I shall assume my ancestry to be from the heavens rather than from the caves.

10. Even if I turn out to be wrong, I shall bet my life on the assumption that this world is not idiotic, neither run by an absentee landlord, but that today, this very day, some stroke is being added to the cosmic canvas that in due course I shall understand with joy as a stroke made by the Architect who calls himself Alpha and Omega.

11. I shall sometimes look back at the freshness of vision I had in childhood and try, atleast for a little while, to be, in the words of Lewis Carroll, the ‘child of pure unclouded brow, and dreaming eyes of wonder.’


Clyde Samuel Kilby (1902 – 1986) was an American author and English professor, best known for his scholarship on the Inklings, especially J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. A professor at Wheaton College (Illinois) for most of his life, Dr. Kilby founded the Marion E. Wade Center there, making it a center for the study of the Inklings, their friends (such as Dorothy Sayers), and their influences (such as George MacDonald).

One of the tragedies of growing up is that we get used to things.

J. Piper

We don’t have to agree with the Logos of a work of art to admire and praise its Poiema. That is, I may believe that the Logos of a work of art is dead wrong, but I can still recognize its artistry and craftsmanship. Being able to recognize that does require study and humility, but it’s an important thing.

Alissa Wilkinson



How great the pain of searing loss,
The Father turns His face away
As wounds which mar the chosen One,
Bring many sons to glory

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“Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert first modeled this process for me on television. Even as a 10-year-old, I wanted to understand how two experienced and respected moviegoers could disagree so passionately and glean such varying insights from the same movies. Their heated exchanges made art seem so much more mysterious, so full of possibilities. I began to understand that interpretation, conversation and revelation were what art was all about.

…This was to be a journey.”

Jeffrey Overstreet

And yet, in an age of frenetic and unrelenting busyness, when technology allows us to stay plugged in to the world twenty-four-seven, when entertainment becomes the de facto purpose of so many lives, nothing could be more countercultural, nor bear more eloquent testimony to a Christian’s citizenship in another world, than a well-spent Lord’s Day.

“A Well-Spent Sabbath”
D. Strain

It is impossible for any one person to grasp all of what it means to be human.

A. Wilkinson
​When asked for his favorite cure for writer’s block:
– David Carr
​A conscience that is bound by the Word of God is a force that no nation, system, or age can withstand.
B. Bickel


“In the book Cosmos, Dr. Carl Sagan, the late astrophysicist from Cornell University, made the statement that as science seeks to understand the universe, it proceeds on the assumption that the world is cosmos, not chaos. He was saying that if the external universe were ultimately chaos, it would be impossible to know anything about it, because ultimate chaos is irrational and therefore unintelligible. So, the metaphysical assumption of all scientific inquiry is that the universe is inherently knowable and intelligible, and for it to be knowable and intelligible, it must ultimately be ordered. It must be cosmos, not chaos.”

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Those who look to him are radiant.

Psalm 34

She is more precious than jewels, and nothing you desire can compare with her.


When Van Gogh was a young man in his early twenties, he was in London studying to be a clergyman. He had no thought of being an artist at all. He sat in his cheap little room writing a letter to his younger brother in Holland, whom he loved very much. He looked out his window at a watery twilight, a thin lamp-post, a star, and he said in his letter something like this: “It is so beautiful I must show you how it looks.” And then on his cheap ruled note paper, he made the most beautiful, tender, little drawing of it.

…The moment I read Van Gogh’s letter I knew what art was, and the creative impulse. It is a feeling of love and enthusiasm for something, and in a direct, simple, passionate and true way, you try to show this beauty in things to others…

The difference between Van Gogh and you and me is, that while we may look at the sky and think it is beautiful, we don’t go so far as to show someone else how it looks.

B. Ueland

Writing is not a performance but a generosity.

…You should work from now on until you die, with real love and imagination and intelligence, at your writing or whatever work it is that you care about. If you do that, out of the mountains that you write some mole hills will be published. Or you may make a fortune and win the Nobel Prize. But if nothing is ever published at all and you never make a cent, just the same it will be good that you have worked.

B. Ueland

But I maintain that well-written, thoughtful criticism serves a culture-making purpose: it helps us understand the world we live in new ways; it teaches us about and records our cultural history; and it helps us keep a pulse on ourselves and our culture. And when it’s written well, it brings us both insight and delight.

Alissa Wilkinson

“My assumption is that the story of any one of us is in some measure the story of us all.”

Frederick Buechner, Listening to Your Life

Quotes from ‘The Stories We Tell’

Quotes from ‘The Stories We Tell’

I recently read The Stories We Tell by Mike Cosper. I hope many people get a chance to read it. Cosper doesn’t just share theories. He frequently dives into narratives, explaining the plotline and characters from a wide variety of TV shows and movies. I appreciated this non-abstract approach, and it felt like a short-story collection, except commercial breaks and channel surfing are included as you read along. Really.

Below, I have collected some noteworthy quotes from its book ends. I left out pieces from the main body of the book, in hopes that you will pick it up and enjoy it for yourself in its entirety! Here is your teaser.

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“I’m coming back in… and it’s the saddest moment of my life.”

Ed White expresses his sorrow at the conclusion of the first American spacewalk during the Gemini 4 mission on 3 June 1965.

Conrad said that his aim as a fiction writer was to render the highest possible justice to the visible universe. He was interested in rendering justice to the visible universe because it suggested an invisible one.

F. O’Connor

Creation is what God makes by himself, and culture is what he makes through us.

J. Frame

“Literature enlarges our world of experience to include both more of the physical world and things not yet imagined, giving the “actual world” a “new dimension of depth.”

C.S. Lewis, Of Other Worlds

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