19th December 2014
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1
One of the things that contributes to the richness of this text, and the fascination so many have with this series of films, is that the roots of this sequence of stories spread far and are deep.
31st October 2014
How hallowed is Halloween?
How has an ancient custom of asking for soul cakes for the repose of the dead morphed into a secular quest for sugary treats? And when did the tradition of dressing up as ghosts and ghouls on 31 October make way for Freddie Krueger or even Miley Cyrus costumes? Jonathan Lomas traces the cultural evolution of contemporary Halloween festivities in Britain and North America. Do modern celebrations make any nods to the festival’s origins?
9th September 2014
'Regeneration' by Pat Barker
Pat Barker’s 'Regeneration' shows us that our efforts to connect with the events of 100 years ago require the input not just of the historian, but also the novelist, the therapist and the poet.
30th August 2014
Bigger on the inside: The Doctor’s magic box
The Tardis ‘has become not only a symbol of the justice the Doctor seeks to dispense, but may also allude to the figure of the healer-knight who seeks to help a wounded world.’
26th August 2014
Richard Attenborough: A life in pictures
Dermot Preston SJ’s introduction to Richard Attenborough, whose cinematic career he then followed with interest and admiration, was unforgettable. ‘True artists have a vocation to create and communicate, and Attenborough was no different.’
22nd August 2014
On not having to be John Keating: Ignatian spirituality in the classroom
Robin Williams died on 11 August 2014. His character in Dead Poets Society is often hailed as a paradigm of an inspirational teacher - but did his words reflect gospel values?
12th August 2014
'Land of Marvels' by Barry Unsworth
‘What goes wrong when human beings set themselves up as kings and claim to bring order out of chaos? The Old Testament has plenty to say about that. And so does Unsworth’s novel.’
4th August 2014
'The Magic Mountain' by Thomas Mann
Michael Kirwan SJ recommends this story of a quest for authentic wisdom, a crucial part of which is an engagement with the sickness that pervades the novel, acting as a metaphor for pre-War Europe.
1st August 2014
'All Quiet on the Western Front' by Erich Maria Remarque
‘Even in modern industrial war, Remarque sees the ineradicable dignity of man.’ David Baird recommends a ‘fictional, but not non-factual’ homage to a humanity that persists even in the midst of war.
1st August 2014
How much do you know about the American Catholic author whose body of work, although small, has influenced artists from Quentin Tarantino to Bruce Springsteen? Sunday 3rd August is the 50th anniversary of the death of the writer in question – Flannery O’Connor. Antonio Spadaro SJ explains why O’Connor’s writing is so electrifying.
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