"In this box are all the words I know... Most of them you will never need, some you will use constantly, but with them you may ask all the questions which have never been answered and answer all the questions which have never been asked. All the great books of the past and all the ones yet to come are made with these words. With them there is no obstacle you cannot overcome. All you must learn to do is use them well and in the right places." - King Azaz the Unabridged, in The Phantom Tollbooth
I've written a lot of pieces in the decade I have been writing seriously online - too many things, to be sure. Here are a few that I think express who I am and what my potential is as a culture writer.
Two pieces I wrote for the movies section of Christianity Today, both about documentaries. The first is a piece exploring docs that fall in the tradition of Augustine's Confessions. The second is a piece that explores the ethics of laughing at characters in documentaries.
A few pieces I've done recently for The A.V. Club. First, a Permanent Records piece on Randy Newman's concept album Good Old Boys. Second, a piece where I argue that the Coen brothers keep making the same film twice.
Here are some selected highlights, for those too lazy to read my complete marginalia: