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Feb
17
C.S. Lewis and English Literature in the Sixteenth Century (Excluding Drama)

Reading C.S. Lewis's Academic Books #2: English Literature in the Sixteenth Century (Excluding Drama)

A massive and magnificent literary history, English Literature and Sixteenth Century is Lewis's most intellectual work, and also some of his wittiest.
14 min read
Jan
31
A celestial map of the Ptolemaic geocentric system

The God of this World: A Review of Kenogaia by David Bentley Hart

A review essay about David Bentley Hart's most provocative book, the novel Kenogaia. On God, tradition, design, and Calvinism.
14 min read
Jan
15
Godzilla Minus One: Life, Death, and Yukio Mishima

Godzilla Minus One: Life, Death, and Yukio Mishima

Godzilla Minus One is a tribute to the original movie, but it also wrestles with the legacy of one of Japan's most controversial figures: Yukio Mishima.
14 min read
Dec
24
Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

A brief note of thanks and well-wishes for the end of the year
2 min read
Dec
11
The Sincerity of Videogame Storytelling

The Sincerity of Videogame Storytelling

Games have always had good writing (if you knew where to look). Now, more creators are using the medium to tell stories that only games can.
10 min read
Nov
27
GPT-4

ChatGPT Round-Up: AI in the Classroom

It's been six months since my viral tweet about ChatGPT, and the articles I wrote on it are now published. Time to revisit?
10 min read
Nov
13
C.S. Lewis and The Discarded Image, his last book.

Reading C.S. Lewis's Academic Books #1: The Discarded Image

A review of C.S. Lewis's The Discarded Image, his last book and a tour de force on medieval literature, psychology, and philosophy of science.
13 min read
Oct
29
Halloween pumpkins and candles

The Halloween Country: October Thoughts Occasioned by Ray Bradbury

Seasonal musings on Ray Bradbury, the Christian roots of Halloween, and the opposition of Orthodox afterlife to contemporary Hell Houses.
12 min read
Oct
15
Angels designated hitter and pitcher Shohei Ohtani

Shohei Ohtani and the Individual Talent

Shohei Ohtani's abilities are unprecedented, but what if no one believed in him? The Japanese movie "I Will Buy You" paints a bleak "what if." Plus: another Los Angeles Dodgers playoff loss.
13 min read
Sep
30
MobyDick, Queequeg, and Captain Ahab.

Moby-Dick: Or, The Ambiguities

Moby-Dick is American Shakespeare. Each era finds something new in it, but its critical stance on technology, capitalism, and nature is timely as ever.
12 min read