Book Review: The Fabric of this World

The Fabric of this World by Lee Hardy

The Fabric of this World: Inquiries into Calling, Career Choice, and the Design of Human Work by Lee Hardy (Grand Rapids: W.B. Eerdman’s Publishing, 1990. 214 pp) Lee Hardy is a professor of philosophy at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan. He has written articles in the areas of philosophy and the theology of vocation. Disengaged The latest Gallup poll on employee engagement, now a couple of years old, tells a dark story. 70% of the workforce is disengaged. Even worse, 30% of the workforce actively inhibits the productive means of industry. In other words, we hate work. The majority of people find work barely tolerable at best. But not something upon which you can build purpose and meaning. For some,… Read More →

Television Show Review: Mad Men: Season 7.2

Mad Men Season 7.2

Mad Men: Season 7.2 created by Matthew Weiner (Lionsgate Television, Weiner Bros., AMC) Starring Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, January Jones, Christina Hendricks, Kiernan Shipka, and John Slatterly. Becoming Who You Are “To be a saint means to be my true self.” Thomas Merton utters these words in exploration of true meaning in this world. For him, humanity ventures forth as a shadow of its true identity. People wear masks every day, shrouding the real person underneath. Thinking practically, it’s easy to see this example illustrated. When was the last time you entered a job interview and willingly admitted your shortcomings and the deepest hurts and insecurities you might face daily? Or look at social media, how often do… Read More →

Television Show Review: The Last Man on Earth: Season 1

The Last Man on Earth Season 1

The Last Man on Earth: Season 1 created by Will Forte (Si Fi Company, Lord Miller, 20th Century Fox) Starring Will Forte, Kristen Schaal, January Jones, and Mel Rodriguez. The Death of Network Comedy Ever since the cancellation of Better Off Ted, I’ve sworn off network television. What’s the point investing in a series when it will get cancelled? It has felt like a gradual slide toward mediocrity, as if anything daring or complicated might alienate too many viewers. Shows need to be just fine. If the quality isn’t up to par, nobody watches and it gets cancelled. But on the other end, if the show is too ambitious, it’ll get the axe because it didn’t get enough viewers. So… Read More →

Book Review: The Buried Giant

The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro

The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2015. 336 pp) Born in 1954 in Nagasaki, Japan, Kazuo Ishiguro moved with his family to England in 1960. Ishiguro attended the University of Kent receiving a bachelor’s degree in 1978 and continued his education at the University of East Anglia obtaining a master’s degree in creative writing in 1980. A celebrated novelist, Ishiguro has been nominated four times for the Man Booker Prize, winning it in 1989 for his work, The Remains of the Day. Recently, Ishiguro’s novel, Never Let Me Go, was adapted to a full-length film featuring Carey Mulligan, Keira Knightley, and Andrew Garfield. Ishiguro resides in London with his wife and daughter. Ignorance Is Bliss… Read More →

Book Review: Swamplandia!

Swamplandia! by Karen Rusell

Swamplandia!: A Novel by Karen Russell (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2011. 336 pp) Karen Russell is an American novelist and recipient of the MacArthur Foundation “Genius Grant.” She received her B.A. in Spanish from Northwestern University and earned her M.F.A. from Columbia University. Needless Danger Do you recall the needless danger of your youth? Did you run away from home only to make it as far as your tree house in the backyard? Did you decide to make a cross-country trip over summer break with your friends without a dollar in your pocket? I’m sure most of us did something stupid when we were younger. Do you remember why? There seems to be an aura of youth where decisions… Read More →

Book Review: Red or Dead

Red or Dead by David Peace

Red or Dead: A Novel by David Peace (Brooklyn: Melville House Publishing, 2014. 736 pp) David Peace is an English writer best known for his Red Riding Quartet and The Damned Utd. In 2003, Peace was named one of the Best Young British Novelists by Granta. According to the Scriptures The Gospels represent a fascinating literary genre. As Luke mentions, they are written so that we might have certainty. This statement separates the Gospels from straight non-fiction, where historical fact takes on a level of scientific exactitude. But the narrative removes itself from fiction, where the crux of story pushes the reader into far-off places where truth functions as a non-entity. The Gospels are different. They approach history from a… Read More →