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27 Nov 2015

Ambition book giveaway

Well, it’s not as miraculous as Christmas coming early. But it’s close. New writing by Eugene H. Peterson, Luci Shaw, Scott Cairns, Jeanne Murray Walker, Bret Lott, Emilie Griffin, Dain Trafton, Diane Glancy, Erin McGraw, and Gina Ochsner has just arrived. And it’s all in the same book. Even better:

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21 Nov 2015

Explaining Christianity to Christians

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The 65th Annual Peabody Awards
17 Nov 2015

The Marty Party: Scorsese and Me

It’s Martin Scorsese’s birthday, so I’m polishing up my existing Scorsese-film reviews and restoring some that have been missing from the site for a long time.

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sugar cube
13 Nov 2015

Details, details…

James Wood in The Nearest Thing to Life:  …if the life of a story is in its excess, in its surplus, in the riot of things beyond order and form, then it can also be said that the life-surplus of a story lives in its details. For details represent those moments

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Norman Lloyd
08 Nov 2015

Looking Elsewhere: November 8, 2015

In which you are encouraged to check out an extraordinary interview with Norman Lloyd.

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Marilynne Robinson
28 Oct 2015

Looking Elsewhere: October 28, 2015

A farewell to a beloved film critic. Free music from Welcome Wagon. The President and Marilynne Robinson, Part 2. The Dardenne brothers. Back to the Future. Mulholland Drive. And news about three promising film projects.

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16 Oct 2015

Ten years ago this month…

An anniversary slipped past me on October 5. Ten years ago this month, I signed the contract for my first two novels. I remember that I could hardly believe it. I’m grateful that I was provided all that I needed to rise to the occasion. I’m grateful for all that

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13 Oct 2015

Want to be the best? Want to be famous?

When my friend Mark was recounting his recent vacation in New Orleans, he talked about how it didn’t take long for his wife — who has an incredibly powerful singing voice — to start thinking about moving there. No surprise there: New Orleans is one of those places that attracts great musicians. But what he

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12 Oct 2015

Looking Elsewhere: October 11, 2015

Beatles medicine. End times zombies. Coens go Biblical. Do’s and don’ts of filmmaking. Jedi versus Airbender.

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09 Oct 2015

Looking Closer: A New Blog Awakens

Hello, class! Please find a seat, get out a piece of paper and a pen, and settle in. Welcome to the first day of a new school year. That’s what it feels like for me, anyway, as the curtain goes up on a new version of Looking Closer. Some of you

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