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.

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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 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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God Alone

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

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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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Exiles and Homecomings

A Review of Ann Patchett's The Dutch House.

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Eva in Paradise

In Paula Huston’s novel A Land Without Sin, it is 1993 in the war-torn jungles of Central America, and Eva Kovic is looking for her lost brother. 

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Seeking Certainty in Uncertain Times: Two Historical Novels

Lucy Beckett’s novel The Time Before You Die: A Novel of the Reformation effectively conveys a queasy, uncomfortable immediacy to the whiplash-inducing movements of the Reformation and Counter-Reformation, and subsequent backlash against the Counter-Reformation, in England in the 16th and 17th centuries. Several centuries later, Philip Trower’s A Danger to the State depicts the consequences of the Reformation in the full bloom of the Enlightenment - one of which is that religious truths increasingly serve politically expedient realities.

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Revelation for a Time of Crisis

Morris West, The Devil’s Advocate (William Morrow & Co, 1959).