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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 the author of five published books: the moviegoing memoir Through a Screen Darkly (Regal, 2007), and a fantasy tetrology called The Auralia Thread (Random House, 2007-11). He has two passions: writing (fiction and essays on film) and teaching (creative writing, film studies, art & apologetics). He has 15 years of experience speaking around the U.S. and abroad at universities, conferences, and churches. His work has been recognized in The New Yorker and TIME, and he has been a reviewer and/or columnist for many publications including Christianity Today, Image, Paste, and Books & Culture. He's finishing MFA studies at Seattle Pacific University. Want Overstreet to speak, lead a film seminar, or teach creative writing? Inquire at

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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