Arts

The Arts are the quintessential expression of our humanity. In these articles we’ll dive deep in search of discernible patterns and defining moments  in American culture.

Do Over book cover by Jon Acuff

Preserve. Honor. Create.

I’m sitting here on my bed reading the first few inspiring pages of Jon Acuff’s new book, DO OVER. It’s so inspiring, in fact, that I just set it down mid-reading page seven so I could type this out. Some things have to change around here. I’m not just talking about this […]

 
man writing in his journal

Why Writing Your Story Is So Important

I’ve already explained my reason for writing, journaling, and blogging my story. But something was missing. I didn’t hit the mark. I talked about some things I hope to accomplish. But I think there is a greater mission. At the core, I think we ALL should write at least part of our stories and […]

 
Harold Bloom

Growing Up with Harold Bloom

Going through my library this weekend, I came across an old copy of Harold Bloom’s classic, The Western Canon. When it was published, Bloom’s book was (and remains today) controversial among educators and academics for its unshrinking advocacy of intellectual elitism and its defense of Western canonical literature.  That is, the […]

 
critic

Critics In Love

This blog isn’t wont to dole out dating advice.  Thinking upon my own predicament trying to find romance, however, I realized that there’s something unique and highly peculiar about trying to date a critic.  

 
Dexter tv show

Welcome Back, Dexter

It is finally October. Yes, my favorite month is here. Fall is in full swing. It is the one month a year my bat purse doesn’t make me odd, dark make up is okay, and I get to watch all the cheesy horror movies until I want to gouge my […]

 

Book Review: Warbreaker

lthough there is a sufficient number of titles to grant “fantasy” a section separate from science fiction in most bookstores, they are still grouped together. The irony is, in most cases, a fantasy novel has to incorporate many features of science fiction to create a new world or environment.