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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Favorite Fictional Characters: Edmund Pevensie

In nostalgic conversations among friends over favorite childhood literary characters, I inevitably propose Edmund Pevensie from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Much enthusiasm meets this choice. We all agree that as much as we admire the older Peter, Edmund is more interesting. 

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Favorite Fictional Characters: Lord Peter Wimsey

At first sight, Dorothy L. Sayers’ character Lord Peter Wimsey, does not strike one as a particularly Christian gentleman... And yet, he displays virtues that only caritas and humility can bring to flower. 

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Favorite Fictional Characters: John Wemmick

Wemmick is a man divided. Divided between work and Walworth, where he lives out an idyllic denial of all that is dehumanising about his workaday existence.

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Favorite Fictional Characters: Betsey Trotwood

A common criticism of Dickens is that his female characters never rise above being two-dimensional. However amongst the demure angels and the grotesque caricatures, Betsey Trotwood of David Copperfield is a magnificent exception. 

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Pieces of Work: Favorite Fictional Characters

"What a piece of work is man..."

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Enlivening the Dialogue

Paul, Apostle of Christ, 2018. Directed by Andrew Hyatt.

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The Face of Human Dignity in the Novels of Fiorella de Maria

The fiction of British-Maltese writer Fiorella De Maria depicts women in fierce struggle with the forces which undermine human dignity: yet they illustrate that God is not in the storm. He is in the silence, where we can hear Him, and furthermore, hear ourselves think. Above all, He is the safe harbor from which we are launched into a great, though sometimes painful adventure.

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Fly Home

Lady Bird, 2018. Directed by Greta Gerwig.

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Homage to a Simpler Life

Lighthouse of the Orcas (Lo Faro de las Orcas), 2017. Directed by Gerardo Olivares. 

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An Unusual War Story

Clare Kipps, Sold for a Farthing (Frederick Muller, 1953).