Book Review: Moral Man & Immoral Society

Moral Man and Immoral Society by Reinhold Niebuhr

Moral Man & Immoral Society: A Study in Ethics and Politics by Reinhold Niebuhr (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2001; originally published in 1932. 288 pp) Reinhold Niebuhr was a theologian, ethicist, and professor at Union Theological Seminary. Niebuhr attended Elmhurst College, Eden Theological Seminary, and Yale Divinity School. His views have influence countless leaders including Barack Obama, Jimmy Carter, John McCain, and Madeleine Albright. In 1964, Niebuhr earned the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He died in 1971. Looking Back Review the 20th Century and you’ll find plenty to criticize. World wars. Genocide. Massive technological advances. For every slice of progress, it seems there’s an equal and opposite setback. Two steps forward. Two steps backward. With the benefit of hindsight,… Read More →

Television Show Review: The Last Man on Earth: Season 2

The Last Man on Earth Season 2

The Last Man on Earth: Season 2 created by Will Forte (Si Fi Company, Lord Miller, 20th Century Fox Television) Starring Will Forte, Kristen Schaal, January Jones, Mel Rodriguez, Cleopatra Coleman, Mary Steenburgen, Jason Sudeikis, and Boris Kodjoe. *SPOILER ALERT FOR PREVIOUS SEASONS* Can the End of the World Last? The extermination of humanity shouldn’t be funny. Yet, Season 1 of The Last Man on Earth took a high-concept premise about a future dystopia in the wake of a global pandemic and weaves a humorous story about self-centeredness and the need for other people. While much of its success emerges from its premise, the longevity of the series was my lasting question mark. Is it even possible to tell a… Read More →

Book Review: Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist

Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist

Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist: A Novel by Sunil Yapa (New York: Lee Boudreaux Books, 2016. 320 pp) Sunil Yapa is a Sri Lankan American author. He holds a BA in economic geography from Penn State University and an MFA in Fiction from Hunter College, where he was awarded the Alumni Scholarship & Welfare Fund Fellowship and was twice selected as a Hertog Fellow. He is the recipient of the 2010 Asian American Short Story Award and has received scholarships from The New York State Summer Writers’ Institute, The Norman Mailer Writers’ Center and The Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. Yapa’s writing has appeared in American Short Fiction, The Margins, Hyphen Magazine, The Tottenville Review, and… Read More →

Book Review: The Children’s Hospital

The Children's Hospital by Chris Adrian

The Children’s Hospital by Chris Adrian (San Francisco: McSweeney’s Books, 2006. 615 pp) Chris Adrian is the author of Gob’s Grief, The Children’s Hospital, and The Great Night. He earned a B.A. in English from the University of Florida and an M.D. from Eastern Virginia Medical School. He completed a pediatric residency at the University of California, San Francisco, studied at Harvard Divinity School, and is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He is the Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Columbia University Medical Center and has received a Guggenheim Fellowship. Enough Already No matter your origin, chances are you’ve encountered a flood story. Judeo-Chrisian households have Noah’s ark, but that’s not the only world-destruction narrative. Despite the myriad of… Read More →

Television Show Review: Vinyl: Season 1

Vinyl Season 1

Vinyl: Season 1 created by Rich Cohen, Mick Jagger, and Martin Scorsese (Paramount Television, Sikelia Productions, Jagged Films) Starring Bobby Cannavale, Paul Ben-Victor, P. J. Byrne, Max Casella, Ato Essandoh, James Jagger, J. C. MacKenzie, Jack Quaid, Olivia Wilde, Juno Temple, and Ray Ramano. Design Failure In my line of work, we like to discuss the weight of organizational identity. In particular, the visual mark of a company cannot carry the entire strategic sensibility of the business. If a logo represents every last detail of the organization, it will crumble under the pressure. The design will fail. For this reason, I think of logos when I consider the effectiveness of HBO’s Vinyl. At its core, Vinyl depicts the shifting music… Read More →