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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A Powerful Take on Modernity

Jérôme Ferrari, The Sermon on the Fall of Rome (MacLehose Press, 2014).

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The Unconquerable Goodness of Fairytale: Comparing Maleficent and Cinderella

It is intriguing that in a world which celebrates its obliteration of the “superstitious” and “supernatural” in support of the rational, materialistic, and scientific, there should still be an increasing market for the fairytale genre.

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Layers of Perspective

Kyung-Sook Shin, Please Look After Mom, trans. Chi-Young Kim (New York: Knopf, 2011), or Please Look After Mother (London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2011).

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A Master Story Teller

Tim Gautreaux, Waiting for the Evening News: Stories of the Deep South (Sceptre, 2010).

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Those Who Talk With Angels

Eugene Vodolazkin, Laurus, trans. Lisa C. Hayden (London: OneWorld, 2015).

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The Lure of the Light Side

Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, 2015. Directed by J. J. Abrams.

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ArteFact: The Gift of Human Creativity

An Introduction to the ArteFact page.

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The Gift of Redemption: Marilynne Robinson Celebrates Nuptial Love

The luminous novel Gilead, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, takes the form of a book-length epistle from a Congregationalist minister to his seven year old son...

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The Gift of Courage: Vocation from the Inside

It is not easy to convey the notion of vocation in a secular world. Modern men and women tend to think of life as consisting in a series of choices, to be made by the individual in a linear fashion, according to what attracts or repulses them...

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The Gift of Tears: The Tragedy of Capote and Seymour Hoffman

Tears are a gift. So say masters of the Christian mystical tradition like Ignatius of Loyola. To be moved by the tragedy of sin, and by God's abundant love and mercy, even to the point of tears, is a boon to the soul...