Review: "American Sniper" is set up visually like a militarized, mythic Western reduced to good guys vs. bad guys.
Art & Media
Review: "Black or White" is a small, independent film that shows that finding ways to get along is no black-and-white issue. It's complicated.
"One in four Americans believe ... that the hand of God will be seen before the final whistle blows in the Super Bowl."
Why does Richard Wakefield write poetry that's bound to structural parameters of form, rhyme and meter? "Constraint can often be an aid to creativity."
One of the best places to learn about the tools and techniques that medieval artists employed to create illuminated manuscripts is their depictions of saints writing and illustrating sacred texts. In art, when St. Luke represents the Virgin, he typically clutches a paintbrush or quill in his hand, and he often stands or sits at a lectern. Sometimes, he holds a knife, which was used for scraping out errors, sharpening pens, or a variety of other tasks. That's why Orsola Maddalena Caccia's circa 1625 painting "St. Luke the Evangelist in the Studio" is so unusual.
My Table is Spread: In what passes for a liturgical calendar in TV land, we are now in the high holy days: "Downton Abbey" has returned to our screens.
Aerial video from the Detroit Free-Press showcases two historic churches.
Appreciation: Actor Edward Herrmann was an incredibly kind and decent man who was willing to help others right up until he died on Dec. 31.
Movie review: "Selma" is depicts "a man following his spiritual calling, of his love caring for others in time of need, and putting your faith into your walk."
Blessed the man who finds refuge in you, in their hearts are pilgrim roads. -- Psalm 84:6
This is the sentiment that underlies an ongoing series on PBS called "Sacred Journeys," hosted by New York Times columnist and best-selling author Bruce Feiler. "As long as humans have walked," explains Feiler, "they've walked to get closer to their gods."