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 […]

‘Run to the Woods’: Songs for an Appalachian Dystopian Narrative

April 23rd, 2012

I tend to only use Pandora in situations where I can’t use iTunes, which then means I just try to recreate my finely honed playlists designed mostly for reading. So of course for re-reading The Hunger Games, I needed to create a portable station with which to read along. When I started plugging tracks from […]

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, […]

Miss Representation

March 20th, 2012

This Wednesday at The Seattle School, I’ll be one of 7 panelists for a screening of this excellent documentary. We’ll be discussing portrayals of women in media, and no doubt lots of feminist theology goodness! Come, if you like.

Writing Papers for Fun & Amusement (and battling personal demons)

March 9th, 2012

It’s been about a month since I presented my Harry Potter research at the 2012 Southwest/Texas Popular & American Culture Association’s conference. Per the growing trend in my life, I wrote the paper in order to address some personal questions. Some people make art installations; I write research papers. I’m learning to accept this about […]

What I Do in ABQ

February 19th, 2012

Last week, Ian and I reunited for our third trip to the Southwest/Texas Popular and American Culture Association Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It’s a fascinating blend of faculty, doctoral/grad students, undergrads and random smart people, all getting together for four days of watching people present papers on anything and everything relating to Pop Culture […]

The Happiest Place on Earth

February 14th, 2012

2012 has kicked off as quite the Year of Enchantment. [Ironically, 2012 also features the schedule from hell, but oh well.] Notable among the happenings thus far, is… WINNING A TRIP TO DISNEYLAND! Yes, that’s right, people. Sometimes it pays to follow DisneyParks on Twitter. I happened to be on my computer when they posted […]

The List 2011

January 5th, 2012

It’s my annual list of films & shows I watched! For ye who have not read the lists from 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, or 2010, here’s a lil rundown. My lists are based only on what I watched in 2011, which accounts for the presence of 2010 films I didn’t see in the theatre until […]

My Birthday Movies

November 2nd, 2011

A tradition began my first fall living in New York City. I’d forgotten that much of the east coast still gives Columbus Day as a holiday, and I found myself with a free day to myself. I’m pretty sure that’s when I went to see my first movie in NYC. It was Sofia Coppola’s “Lost […]