Archive for the ‘Culture’ Category

What Overpasses and Oil Paintings have in Common

The world will never starve for want of wonders; but only for want of wonder. -G.K. Chesterton I remember the very first time I saw Van Gogh’s “Irises” – I mean the first time I really saw it. “Irises” is the type of piece you grow up being aware of: you see it projected on a slightly...
March 20th, 2014 | Culture | Read More

You Are Not a Creative Genius

I am an artist. It took years for those words to stop getting caught in my throat, and years more for them to tumble out of my mouth in anything other than a reluctant mumble. This is because for years I have been inundated with the societal myth of the “creative genius.” I used to believe that,...
March 11th, 2014 | Culture | Read More

What is Love? (And What Isn’t It?)

What is love? Especially if you’re in love, this can be a tricky question to answer since sometimes love seems either too confusing or too simplistic. 1 Corinthians says, “Love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way…” One aspect of love...
March 10th, 2014 | Culture | Read More

“Her”, Physicality, and the Nature of Love

Her made me uncomfortable. If you walk out of Her completely comfortable with the way relationships are presented, there may be something wrong with you (for my friends at The Critical Hit Podcast, discomfort comes primarily from unexpected outlets: the nature of purchasing an OS, the nature of consensual...
February 26th, 2014 | Film | Read More

“Heavy Rain” May Be the Best Game I’ve Played

Video games have long held powerful narratives. I’ve talked about that extensively here at Evangelical Outpost, and up until a few weeks ago I would have said that The Stanley Parable was one of my all time favorite games, primarily for how it handled choice. I recently was given the opportunity...
February 25th, 2014 | Gaming | Read More

Helix Fossils, Anarchy, and Playing a Game with 150,000 People

If you follow gaming news, you’ve probably already heard about Twitch Plays Pokemon. For the uninitiated, here’s the short version: Pokemon Red, a game released in 1998 (in North America) alongside the superior Pokemon Blue (can you tell which one I owned?), is being played through a streaming...
February 24th, 2014 | Gaming | Read More

Phone Sex: “Her”, OkCupid, and the Algorithms of Love

It’s been two weeks since I saw Spike Jonze’s new film Her. But it is only now, on a quiet night, that I finally feel ready to write about it. Because I am sitting alone with my computer and a chocolate bar, and it just seems painfully appropriate. My screening of “Her” coincided eerily with...
January 8th, 2014 | Film | Read More

Frozen: True Love isn’t something that happens to you

  “Love can thaw a frozen heart.” That is the mantra of Disney’s newest film, Frozen, which is awesome and you should totally see it. This post contains spoilers, so if you don’t want that, then you probably shouldn’t read it. Quick synopsis:  The world of Frozen...
December 20th, 2013 | Culture | Read More

Proving Rap is Sinful: A Quick Guide

If you’ve found the recent debate in some circles of Christianity about hip-hop to be a bit overwhelming, I’d recommend focusing here. I suspect that Scott Aniol represents some of the best arguments out there against the rap as a musical genre, while Shai Linne is not only a successful Christian...
December 19th, 2013 | Music | Read More

The Desolation of Smaug

The Desolation of Smaug achieved a 74% on Rotten Tomatoes, a full 9% higher than its predecessor. Many reviews cite the faster pacing of the film as the reason for it’s success, and it is definitely faster…but is that a good thing? I loved An Unexpected Journey. I loved everything about...
December 18th, 2013 | Film | Read More