Pop music is a sure bet to keep my toddler son happy in the car, so we end up listening to a lot of Top 40 radio as we drive around town running errands. When I first heard Miley Cyrus’ latest single, “Wrecking Ball,” I couldn’t deny the emotional effect the song had on me (despite […]
Currently circling the country is one of the world’s most loved/hated figures: Jesus. No, wait: Yeezus. But I saw it with my own eyes: the new Yeezus tour features Kanye West’s very own personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Move over Bono, Christians have a new spokesperson.
Kanye’s depiction of Jesus may seem, at first, like […]
Whenever I talk to anybody about the New Sincerity — this happens a lot less since I stopped trying to talk to everybody about the New Sincerity — the inevitable question of “what’s next?” arises. This is a good and natural question given the laughably short lifespan of any pop culture moment. […]
The meaning of life—it can sometimes be a tricky thing, yes. But according to Joseph Epstein’s piece on Franz Kafka: you had better not make it too tricky, as did Kafka, or you just won’t be worth anybody’s time. Of course, Epstein doesn’t say anything quite so blunt or basic, but he’s rather convinced […]
Last week, in my Writing Across the Media course, I showed a video, produced by The Washington Post, about how sports articles are being written by computer programs. Perhaps you’ve heard of this. The thinking is that many sports news stories are rather formulaic, and so, given the right data, a computer program can […]
A few weeks ago, people on Facebook and Twitter were sharing a call to arms: Gen Y is entitled to its unhappiness and anger because we are living in an economic hellscape.
It was everywhere. Finally someone was articulating the legitimate angst, fear, and anger experienced by a generation that—as the […]
“Originality’s a ghost town
And it’s oh so hard to get to, and when you do
Then people start to hate you
They scream at you, ‘Believe out loud’
In a crowd, people will hate you.”
— Relient K, “Wit’s All Been Done Before”
During high school, I briefly played […]
Call it the evangelical comedown. We don’t talk about it often, but when we do, it’s a tough topic among my friends. I find to my surprise, in a city as diverse as Nashville, that apart from all superficial appearances to the contrary, we share a common bond of evangelical upbringing from which we diverge […]
Storytelling is a central element of the Christian faith. From the story that unfolds over the thousands of years recorded in the Old and New Testaments, to Jesus’ use of parables, to the common practice of sharing testimonies among believers, storytelling is crucial. And yet, in contemporary evangelicalism, storytelling is more often a means to […]
Editors Note: Jonathan Povilonis’ essay on The Great Gatsby, posted here on Patrol a few weeks ago, was picked up on Andrew Sullivan’s blog “The Dish” and accompanied by anonymous criticism of Povilonis’ piece. Below Povilonis answers a few of those critiques.
Maybe it was just a catchy title, but I’m much less […]
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