Tagged: pop culture

Star Wars: The Clone Wars 8

Tenshot: Star Wars: The Clone Wars

The final four episodes — which rival anything this side of The Empire Strikes Back — puts an exclamation point on one thing: this is not a series about Anakin Skywalker. The real protagonist of the series is Ahsoka Tano, his padawan.

The Artist as Judge

Some months ago, I wrote of Marilynne Robinson that, Regardless of her political preferences, her worldview, in its starkly Calvinist way, and insofar as it’s expressed in those novels and Absence of Mind, is...

MCA RIP

Adam Yauch, better known as MCA from the Beastie Boys, died today of complications of cancer. He was 47 years old. In my social circles, the Beastie Boys were an unavoidable touchstone of pop...

Country Music and the Culture War

This was brought up in an earlier thread, but Will Wilkinson’s post on country music is worth a closer look. Wilkinson listens to country music in his car – sometimes I do, too. Sometimes...

Cultural artifacts from the age of fear

A few days ago, I was idly watching Predator 2 with the roommates. It’s an amazing cocktail of offensive racial stereotypes, bad acting, and ridiculous action sequences, plus Gary Busey and Bill Paxton. Needless...

St. Michael of Neverland Ranch

I just won’t turn on a television for a week now that we’ve learned that Michael Jackson has died.  I’m not sure I can stomach the insta-documentaries and the faux-mourning.  Indeed, not to be...

Pop Christianity

In large part, when Christians attempt to do pop-culture it fails miserably.  For one thing, I personally feel cheap thriller movies and boring worship rock songs inevitably fall short of achieving a truly holy...