reviews and commentary

"Religion-And-Science" by a-small-lab, via Flickr

Speaking of Science

Krista Tippett and her interlocutors take on the “Big Questions.”


The Moon is Elsewhere

The presence—or absence—of the gods can make a Hindu out of even the most secular.

What makes you think you've got the right?

Still Just a Comic Book

Asterios Polyp and the fate of life lived through modernism.

"First God Sighting" by Leland Paul via Flickr

You Call That God?

Why Karen Armstrong’s Case for God isn’t one.

"Lost" season four promotional image.

Against Closure

Why television’s Lost should resist the urge to tell all.

"Spiritualism sign, College Street, Toronto" by gruntzooki via Flickr

Into the Weird

Mitch Horowitz unleashes America’s occult past.

Guercino (1591-1666), Personification of Astrology.

Astral Procrastination

Why is it so hard to face up to one’s astrological nature?

"The Mountain Goats" by Beth Rankin via Flickr

Experiments in Sincerity

John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats helps bring the Age of Irony to a close.


Journey to the End of the Night

The sounds of the soul stretch from 16th-century Spain to David Lynch’s LA.

Timothy Keller, via Redeemer Seminary

The Big Placebo

Bet you can’t guess what Pastor Timothy Keller thinks Manhattan needs more of.

A 2012 promotional wallpaper from Sony Pictures.

Long Count

Suffering through 2012, Roland Emmerich’s take on a Mayan prophecy.

J. Allan Danelek

2012 or Bust!

Talking down to prophecy nuts is a delicate art.

Killing the Buddha

Eden as Asylum

Lars von Trier’s Antichrist takes this reviewer through her soul’s own dark nights.

Rembrandt van Rijn (1606–1669), The Return of the Prodigal Son.

Prodigal Son

The running father, the starving son, the fatted calf, the husks, and the unbearable question.


Grass Huts and Hermits

Travels in China, on the trail of American Buddhism.

"Not to Be Reproduced" by Rene Magritte

Music for the Crossroads

Oscar Bettison’s O Death: A Requiem Masque for Six Players as out-of-body experience.

"Job Rebuked by His Friends" by William Blake, 1805-6.

The Heretical Imperative

A new book probes the modern meaning of ancient heresy.

In the beginning...

Crumb’s Genesis

Keep on truckin’ in the Garden of Eden.