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 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...

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The Gift of Humanity: Time Like a River

By the time the massive Three Gorges Dam was nearing its completion in the mid-2000’s, whole towns and villages had already disappeared beneath the waters of the Yangtze River...

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The Gift of Tolerance: Harper Lee Returns

Earlier this year the literary world was rocked by the news that an old manuscript by Harper Lee, author of To Kill a Mockingbird, had been discovered and was going to be published in July...

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The Gift of Wonder: The Vision of Terrence Malick

Two works written and directed by one of the most profound living film-makers were recently released within two years: The Tree of Life and To the Wonder...