A Spotlight on Culture

Through reviews and longer articles, ArteFact keeps a finger on the pulse of how our culture is reflecting on itself.

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"Who are you Lord, and who am I?"

A review of Thom Satterlee's God's Liar.

Article Film Fiction

Bodies of Writing

Most anime offerings are shallow or crass, which makes the good ones stand out all the more. They not only provide magnificent artwork, storytelling and character development; they also give unexpected insights about the human condition, the virtues, and faith. Violet Evergarden, Taichi Ishidate’s quiet and beautifully animated adaption of the steampunk light novel series by Kana Akatsuki, does all of these.

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The Logos of Time

A review of Denis Villeneuve's Arrival (2016).

Article Fiction

The Paradox of Murder Mysteries

Daniel Taylor’s three mystery novels—Death Comes for the Deconstructionist (2014), Do We Not Bleed? (2017), and Woe to the Scribes and Pharisees (2020)—are real page-turners.  They deliver suspenseful plots, delight by rich allusions, and challenge through thoughtful explorations.  

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The Burning Ones

A Review of Tim Winton's The Shepherd's Hut.

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Betraying the Good Place

By all normal “rules” of the world of television, a sitcom about the afterlife and moral philosophy should not have worked, but it did, not least because the writing is quick, clever, and smarter than most anything I’ve seen.

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God Alone

A Review of Edwin O'Connor's The Edge of Sadness.

Article Fiction

Hotly in Pursuit of Ron Hansen

More often than not, the modern memoir proves to be a survivor’s field notes on the loss and reconstitution of self: a lush, gory, or strident examination of a protagonist’s memories—and an antagonist’s sins. So when we pick up a memoir, we assume we will find these two central characters... The first clue that Ron Hansen’s Hotly in Pursuit of the Real: Notes Toward a Memoir is something different to this is its borrowed title...

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The Good Divorce vs. The Great Divorce

A Review of Trevor Jimenez’s Weekends.

Review Fiction

Exiles and Homecomings

A Review of Ann Patchett's The Dutch House.