pop culture

Do you remember the old spice commercials and their parodies (including that great library one by the Old Spice Guy himself) I posted a while back? well, whether you do or you don’t, this is Grover (and Sesame  Street) parodying the old spice guy. It is hilarious….and shows, yet again, that the true wonder of […]


Transpositions Tuesday: Where I talk about reviewing bad books, defending Simon Cowell’s right to be forthright, and why it matters to tell the truth when art is bad. Keepin’ it real; or What Simon Cowell has to do with being a Christian critic « Transpositions Earlier this week I found out that Simon Cowell is […]


Sometimes in creating a parody, the work created can in some ways exceed the ubiquitous original. That the simulcra is in turn a unique expression of an artist’s creative intent. That was an incredibly theoretical way of saying that this You-tube sensation from Welsh Director MJ Delaney taking Jay-Z and Alicia’s Empire State of Mind […]

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USB Drives as Art Object

by Anna Blanch on July 20, 2010

William Morris would be so proud. Aesthetically pleasing and functional! USB drives as object d’art. __________________Images: via Design SpongeAnna M Blanch is founder of Goannatree, and a PhD candidate in the Institute of Theology, Imagination, and the Arts, University of St Andrews. When she’s not writing her doctoral thesis, or here, Anna also writes over […]


Today I want to share an interview with Mark Henrie on film director Whit Stillman’s approach to comedy and the overcoming of irony. Mark C. Henrie is Senior Vice President and Chief Academic Officer at the Intercollegiate Studies Institute. He is the editor of the Intercollegiate Review and executive editor of Modern Age and the Political […]


The Lord of the Rings and the World Cup

by Anna Blanch on June 22, 2010

Wizards. World Cup. Gandalf. Hobbits. Vuvuzela music. need i say more… Titled: Gandalf goes to the World Cup!


Pretty Books from Penguin

by Anna Blanch on June 15, 2010

Aren’t these pretty? Coralie Bickford-Smith has designed these book covers for Penguin Classics! Coralie describes these books: “All the books in this series have patterns that adhere to a strict grid…we set up mood boards of visual ideas – textures, ornaments, objects, colours, all inspired by themes from the stories or by the period, or […]


Today I want to share an interview with Thomas de Zengotita on postmodern individualism and “reality” TV  in Volume 78 of Mars Hill Audio Journal. Thomas de Zengotita is an author and contributing editor of Harper’s Magazine. He holds an anthropology Ph.D from Columbia University and teaches at the Dalton School and New York University. […]


Tim Burton set to make his version of "Sleeping Beauty"

May 27, 2010

While I admired Burton’s shying away from the classic Disney princess models, which frankly serve often to reinforce societal stereotypes of superficial beauty, wealth and privilege, I haven’t been a big fan of his remake of Alice in Wonderland et al. However, even I can’t deny that others have been enamoured and buoyed by the […]

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Railway Children to be performed at Waterloo Station: July – October 2010

May 25, 2010

A stage production of E.Nesbit’s much-loved The Railway Children will be performed over the summer in the former Eurostar terminal at Waterloo Station. Previewing from 4 July 2010, the show is currently booking until 4 September. Directed by Damian Cruden, Mike Kenny’s adaptation of E Nesbit’s novel will be performed in a specially created auditorium […]

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