Whale Writer: Peter Wayne Moe on his passion for whales, writing, and teaching

If you are on the hunt for great books about writing, great books about teaching, great books about faith, or great…


So Much Love: a conversation with Lowland Hum about their reinvention of a Peter Gabriel album

In which I talk with Daniel and Lauren Goans of the band Lowland Hum about how and why they made the most of their…


Sunday Song: Listening Closer to Rhiannon Giddens and Nick Cave

Here are two of my favorite 2021 songs so far, one from Rhiannon Giddens, the other from Nick Cave.


A Quiet Place Part II is loud with familiar summer movie thrills

Krasinski's follow-up to his smash-hit sci-fi thriller works like a charm — mostly because it's made up of familiar…


In Wrath of Man, violence leads to (shocker!) no good

Guy Ritchie's latest is a standout surprise in his filmography: It doesn't make violence seem fun. Perhaps I'm damning…


Sunday Song: Listening Closer to Jon Batiste and Allison Russell

A new feature at Looking Closer — "Sunday Song" — will feature one or two recent releases that are in frequent rotation…


Overstreet Archives: The Clearing (2004)

Here's one from the dusty basement that might not be more than a reminder that even the greatest actors sometimes sign…


Persuade Me: Should I see A Quiet Place Part II… or not?

I'm not making a priority of seeing A Quiet Place Part II. You're invited to try to change my mind.


Overstreet Archives: The Station Agent (2016)

Posted at Looking Closer for the first time, here is Overstreet's 2016 reflection on Tom McCarthy's The Station Agent.


Overlooked by Overstreet: Get Shorty (1995)

This week, I found myself enjoying — to some extent — an unexpected reunion with a mid-'90s hit that I never got around…