Why Nine Got Only Four

It’s a sign of the times that Federico Fellini’s 1963 classic ”widely considered the best film ever made about filmmaking”has been remade in such a way that its famous story of one man’s artistic and spiritual crisis no longer resembles itself… . Continue Reading

Obama’s Earthbound Space Program

One tumultuous year into his presidency, President Obama remains a man without a mission. Without a mission to space, that is… . Continue Reading »

Occasional Poetry and John Updike’s Endpoint
02.02.2010
Micah Mattix

That John Updike wrote poems as well as novels is news to few people who follow contemporary poetry. Before his death, a common view of Updike’s poetry was that it was light, entertaining stuff that he wrote to refresh himself after the serious work of fiction. After his death, however, a number of critics have hailed it as the elephant in the room of contemporary American poetry… . Continue Reading »

Occasional Poetry and John Updike’s Endpoint

That John Updike wrote poems as well as novels is news to few people who follow contemporary poetry. Before his death, a common view of Updike’s poetry was that it was light, entertaining stuff that he wrote to refresh himself after the serious work of fiction. After his death, however, a number of critics have hailed it as the elephant in the room of contemporary American poetry… . Continue Reading »

Tiger Woods and Plato

Two weeks ago, the Tiger Woods scandal was returned to the news by reports that Woods was receiving treatment for sex addiction. While many may have welcomed this sordid story’s earlier disappearance, it in fact deserves serious consideration because of what it says about our culture and, in fact, about our very humanity… . . Continue Reading »