Forest of Arden? Forest of Arduous

February 25th, 2016

Moving to Edinburgh from St Andrews last fall has brought live theatre back into my life, and hence, air back to my lungs. I’ve seen more stage performances in these first 8 weeks of 2016 than in all of 2013 & 2014. But since moving to the UK, I have benefitted massively by getting to […]

Tommorrowland: How A Film About The Future Rockets Us Back To Where We Should Not Go

May 23rd, 2015

First, a bit on what I expected, followed by a whole lot on what I got. Beyond seeing the first teaser trailer probably a year ago, I avoided all “Tomorrowland: A World Byeond” content before seeing it tonight. I had very high hopes, and wanted to walk in with nothing but wonder. And for the […]

The Daisy Chain or Trial by Tractarian Fiction

April 8th, 2014

The Daisy Chain, Or, Aspirations: A Family Chronicle by Charlotte Mary Yonge My rating: 2 of 5 stars I only got half way through, but that was both as far as I could handle and as far as I needed. My two reasons for finally sitting down with a Charlotte Yonge text were 1) she’s […]

The Sadness of Reading an Old Book That Isn’t Old-Enough

September 11th, 2013

Womanspirit Rising: A Feminist Reader in Religion by Carol P. Christ My rating: 4 of 5 stars This text had been low on my Feminist Theology To-Reads simply because it was so often quoted since that I thought it might be redundant to read. But I kept feeling nudged to sit down with it on […]

What I’ve Learned Watching Star Trek TNG Chronologically Instead of Syndicated(ly): The Continuing Mission

August 28th, 2013

Over two years ago (what?) I started revisiting Star Trek Next Generation in chronological order for the first time since it aired originally. Since that time I have completed my revisits to all of Deep Space Nine and Voyager as well. Perhaps the boldest part of my journey is only just beginning. You see, back […]

Symposia Twin Peaka

March 16th, 2013

[No significant spoilers in this post. Everything shown or discussed was done before anyone knew who killed Laura Palmer.] Last fall a few of us postgrads living in Deans Court decided to watch David Lynch’s groundbreaking 90’s TV drama Twin Peaks. Only one of our cohort had seen it and that had been twenty years […]

I’m Somewhere Else

September 11th, 2012

I arrived in St Andrews, Scotland yesterday. When I took my first wee walk around yesterday, the words that kept running through my head were “Holy Fucking Shit.” Colorful language, yes, but I guess that’s the voice awe speaks in my head. Here’s a few pics of what I know thus far. This is my […]

Pop Culture & The Kingdom of God

July 22nd, 2012

I never dreamed I would end my two years as an Assistant Instructor at The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology, and my four preceding years as a student, by co-teaching a new course I co-created on a topic I love, with twenty-plus amazing graduate students. But I did. A few weeks ago we celebrated […]

You Can Have My Heart: Fixing the end of the nearly-perfect ‘Snow White & the Huntsman’

June 28th, 2012

I accidentally ended up at the almost-midnight opening of Snow White & the Hunstman. I knew from the trailers that it would be visually intriguiging and was curious how the whole Snow White-as-warrior thing would work out, but I kept my expectations safely low. Within 30 seconds of the film’s opening, I was rapt and […]

Because the Odds are Not in Their Favor (Potential Hunger Games Spoilers Within)

April 19th, 2012

I’ve avoided writing about The Hunger Games on my blog because I’ve assigned the text for a class I’m teaching this summer, and didn’t want all my salient lecture points (or student paper topics) just sitting here willy nilly on my blog, but I’m breaking my rule because of an outstanding intertextual experience I had, […]