Mudbound and Get Out: Right-Feeling or Repentance?

In my over ten years of teaching literature, I’ve come to expect that stories about racism elicit a certain response from certain students. If it’s a piece like Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye or even Octavia Butler’s Kindred, then white students will respond with sympathy. Their discussions will signal that racism is bad and they…

The Avengers and a Demand for Grace

I know this is a weird statement, given the team’s name, but all four of the Avengers movies have a surprising central theme: forgiveness. In each case, characters who are used to doing things by themselves find themselves putting up with other big egos. The central tension in these movies isn’t so much their battles…

Doom Patrol’s Gospel of Strangeness

In my latest for Think Christian, I write about one of my favorite DC Comics teams: the Doom Patrol. The team has been largely defined by Grant Morrison’s ground breaking run in the late 80s/early 90s, but the current series revisits many of Morrison’s themes and puts them in a more positive and surreal perspective….

Review: A Wrinkle in Time

At a key point in the A Wrinkle in Time, awkward teenaged hero Meg Murry (Storm Reid) declares, “I’m messy and flawed but you still love me.” At that moment, she was speaking for me. Ava DuVernay’s adaptation of the beloved Madeleine L’Engle novel is a mess, and it has some significant flaws. But between…