The new teaser trailer for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" dropped yesterday, and the internet predictably lost its marbles. There's no denying that the short, action-packed glimpse of J. J. Abrams' upcoming sequel to the prequels to the original Star Wars trilogy evokes a lot of nostalgia.
Presumably set a number of years after "The Return of the Jedi," it features a whole cast of familiar characters and contraptions. (In just a few seconds, I caught Luke Skywaker, Darth Vader's dessicated helmet, R2-D2, a few X-wing fighters, the Millennium Falcon, and of course, Han Solo and Chewbacca). The whole thing was plainly meant to stir fond memories from our collective childhoods. And appropriately, it ends with a wizened Harrison Ford delivering a line that probably summarizes fans' feelings: "Chewie, we're home."
The Star Wars films and the expansive (not to mention occasionally pruned) mythology surrounding them have always raised interesting worldview questions. But for now at least, we don't know much about this next installment in the generations-long saga. So those of us who couldn't get enough of the galaxy far, far away as youngsters will just have to content ourselves with speculation and re-watching the teaser every few minutes. In the meantime, check it out for yourself below: READ FULL ARTICLE »
At Her.meneutics, I have a review of "One Last Thing," an excellent new novel by Rebecca St. James and Nancy Rue (whose books for younger audiences I've reviewed at Youth Reads). This book deals with a hard question faced by many Christian women: What do you do when the man you love has a porn habit?
Today marks the 150th anniversary of the death of Abraham Lincoln, the president who steered our country through some of its most turbulent days while "hating and wishing ill to none." Perhaps this is a particularly good time to pause and remember his life and legacy.
To that end, here are a couple of useful links: Justin Taylor at Between Two Worlds offers a detailed and fascinating "Visual FAQ" about Lincoln's last days. And Trinity Forum is offering 15 percent off their booklet "Abraham Lincoln: The Spiritual Growth of a Public Man," featuring the writings of Elton Trueblood, Ron White, Alonzo McDonald, and Lincoln himself. (Use the code 150years when ordering.) READ FULL ARTICLE »
I'm delighted to report that National Review's Jay Nordlinger has discovered Dorothy L. Sayers, via her essay "Are Women Human?" Go here to read his analysis of how Sayers's incisive essay, first given as a speech in 1938, dismantles our modern notion of identity politics.
Nordlinger concludes, "I am newly in love with Dorothy L. Sayers." She has that effect on people!READ FULL ARTICLE »