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60Escape from Enlightenmenthttps://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2016/09/escape-from-enlightenment
Mon, 26 Sep 2016 10:20:00 -firstname.lastname@example.org (Eve Tushnet)For over twenty years Will Allen was the in-house videographer for the Buddhafield—a religious group, eventually numbering over a hundred members, that mixed meditation, ecstatic experience, and ballet. In 2007 the group shattered amid accusations of emotional and sexual abuse. The title of Allen's new documentary shows which side he ended up on: It's called
Celibacy, Self-Acceptance, And the Extra Inklinghttps://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2016/09/celibacy-self-acceptance-and-the-extra-inkling
Tue, 06 Sep 2016 06:00:00 -email@example.com (Eve Tushnet)I’ve just finished Charles Williams's 1937 novel
Descent into Hell
, which was recommended to me by a couple of Catholic friends. Williams might be called “the extra Inkling.” Everybody knows J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis, but far fewer people remember the other, less aggressively punctuated members of the club, including the philosopher Owen Barfield and Tolkien's son Christopher.
]]>Who Rents, Who Buys, Who Tells Your Story?https://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2016/08/who-rents-who-buys-who-tells-your-story
Fri, 19 Aug 2016 08:00:00 -firstname.lastname@example.org (Eve Tushnet)Little Men
, the new gentrification drama from writer/director Ira Sachs (
Love Is Strange
), has a rich premise and two excellent young stars. Its thinness—its inability to satisfy the expectations it sets up—comes from Sachs's unwillingness to explore both sides of the class divide in his double story.
Fri, 15 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -email@example.com (Eve Tushnet)Anna Rose Holmer's extraordinary new film
begins with a young girl whose body obeys her will implicitly. “One,” eleven-year-old Toni (Royal Hightower) counts, as she pulls herself into a sit-up in the very center of the frame. “Two.”
]]>Christian Pop, Minus the Pephttps://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2016/06/christian-pop-minus-the-pep
Mon, 06 Jun 2016 08:00:00 -firstname.lastname@example.org (Eve Tushnet)Christian pop is unrelentingly cheerful.” That was Leah Libresco's conclusion when she analyzed the
frequency of positive and negative terms
(“grace” vs. “sin,” for example, or “love” vs. “fear”) in
's Christian pop top-50. Grace and love and life and light are all great things. But if your soul needs a smoke break from the endless Christian pep rally, a lay-me-down instead of yet another pick-me-up, Harrison Lemke's beautiful new album
Fertile Crescent Blues
is what you're looking for.
]]>The Lady, Or the Lobster?https://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2016/05/the-lady-or-the-lobster
Tue, 31 May 2016 00:00:00 -email@example.com (Eve Tushnet)I hesitate to recommend that you see
, since this romantic comedy about a man facing transformation into an arthropod is just too painfully realistic.
]]>Amoris Laetitia from Where I Standhttps://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2016/04/amoris-laetitia-from-where-i-stand
Wed, 20 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -firstname.lastname@example.org (Eve Tushnet)Philip Larkin lamented that whether or not anybody refills your drink at a party “seems to turn on where you are. Or who.” In our divided Catholic Church, pastoral care is a lot like Larkin's cocktails. Catholics who sincerely desire to submit themselves to the Church they love come to their local parish seeking the wine of resurrection; and receive sometimes water, sometimes vinegar. If you're in an especially culturally-contentious position, you may be favored with alternating doses of each. Laxity disguised as mercy creates a predictable reaction of stringency disguised as truth.
]]>Last Year's Horror Cornucopia: Suffering in Stylehttps://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2016/01/last-years-horror-cornucopia-suffering-in-style
Thu, 21 Jan 2016 00:00:00 -email@example.com (Eve Tushnet)Last night I watched
The Final Girls
, Todd Strauss-Schulson's 2015 slasher parody about mourning. It's charming, touching, and mostly successful—and a great example of the reasons 2015 specifically and the '10s generally have been such great years for horror fans.
]]>Seeking Submissions for Anthology “Wounded in the House of a Friend”https://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2015/12/seeking-submissions-for-anthology-wounded-in-the-house-of-a-friend
Wed, 16 Dec 2015 00:00:00 -firstname.lastname@example.org (Eve Tushnet)I am seeking contributions for an anthology by Catholics who have continued to practice their faith despite mistreatment by their churches or by Catholic communities or institutions. We hear a lot about what it feels like to leave a church after mistreatment, and we hear some things about what it looks like to find a church as a haven after being mistreated elsewhere, but I've seen very little writing about what it's like to stay in the Catholic Church when Her representatives have deeply harmed you. My working title is
Wounded in the House of a Friend
, so that gives you the idea. I’m looking for a wide range of experiences—there are so many different sorrows–and a wide range of genres, from personal memoir to hagiography, poetry, practical guidance, theological reflection, Scriptural reflection, and gallows humor. I should note that I would love to hear from everyone but am especially seeking Catholic men.
]]>“Working-Class Youth are ‘Privatizing Happiness’”: Interview w/Jennifer Silvahttps://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2013/08/working-class-youth-are-privatizing-happiness-interview-wjennifer-silva
Fri, 16 Aug 2013 11:58:54 -email@example.com (Eve Tushnet) In the