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Do celebrities matter?

Do celebrities matter? Should we pay attention to them?

That what The Other Journal’s Allison Backous asked journalist and author Cathleen Falsani and me. (Cathleen is the author of The Gospel According to the Coen Brothers, and has been in the news recently discussing her famous pre-Presidency interview with Barack Obama about his faith.)

You can listen to Part One of our conversation here:

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Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet is an author and a teacher. His books include a cinematic memoir (Through a Screen Darkly, Regal, 2007) and a four-volume fantasy epic (The Auralia Thread, Random House, 2007-11). For more than 15 years he has lectured at universities, conferences, and churches in the U.S. and abroad. His writing on faith and art, recognized by The New Yorker and indieWire, has been published in Christianity Today and Image (where he has been a columnist); and in Books & Culture, Comment, Paste, and more. He's earning a masters in creative writing at SPU. Want to invite him to teach or speak about creative writing or cinema? Email

1 Comment

  1. Don Lambirth
    September 11, 2010 at 9:16 pm — Reply

    Do celebrities matter? Just as much as anyone else. No more and no less. Should we listen to them? It depends on what they say. It always cracks me up the hypocrisy of TV commentators (usually conservative) that mock those in Hollywood or the music industry for speaking their mind or taking on some political/ social cause. As if they aren’t allowed to have an opinion.

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