If you haven’t read this book and you don’t want it spoiled, turn back now! Ahead there be spoilers, unabashed and free-flowing. The second part of Life of Pi is a 16-year-old boy (Piscine, nicknamed Pi) telling the story of how he survived 227 days at sea in a lifeboat, accompanied by an adult Bengal […]Read More So I Read Life of Pi.
The school year is beginning, and my thoughts have returned to C. S. Lewis’s ideas about English education. He thought a lot about education (as evidenced by his profession and by the fact that I am not even going to quote from The Abolition of Man, his major work on the subject, in this post). […]Read More C. S. Lewis Digest: Literature
Hopefully, last week’s post showed that Moana has some deeper and more complex concerns than a typical Junior Knows Best, Follow Your Heart kids’ film. By looking at the foils, Maui and Tala, we distilled the theme of approval. Through a close reading of the evil crab’s song, we saw that the film also plays […]Read More Moana’s Message: More than Just “Follow Your Heart”
When I first saw Moana, I ranked it as typical Disney. It was better in some ways; Moana’s primary relationship is with family, not a boyfriend, which is a refreshing change, and she is athletic and does stuff. But once I saw the same old “Junior knows best” and “Follow your heart” tropes at play, […]Read More Very Belated Thoughts: Moana
My three-year-old pranced into the dining room and took a look at our plates. “Are we having RADISHES?!” she asked. “Yep,” I said. She tore off through the house. “GUYS! WE’RE HAVING RADISHES FOR DINNER!” This was pitched to the extreme degree of delight that only a highly sanguine three-year-old can muster. I share this […]Read More A Review of Four Years of French Parenting
After my last two fairly “heavy” posts, I thought I’d follow with something fluffier—more of a personal update rather than an analytical essay (but I have some great ones coming up, let me tell ya)! Here are a few things I’m LOVING this year. Time. After a prolonged season of financial strain and working several jobs […]Read More Things that Have Changed my Life in 2018
Last week, I shared about the time I was seriously disturbed watching a scene from FullMetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. In short, the scene took what should have been a private, safe moment for a minor and “pulled back the curtain” to the audience, turning her physical and emotional vulnerability–her right to take an innocent bath in […]Read More Naked: Essential or Detrimental to Visual Stories?
Let me set the scene. A teenage girl, after a long and dangerous journey, finally arrives at the home of someone who is not out to kill her: another teenage girl. Though they don’t know each other well, they both immediately recognize a friend. The traveler’s new friend runs a bath for her, pulling a […]Read More The Rape of Winry Rockbell
Spotify ads, I believe, are specifically designed to punish us for not paying for Spotify Premium. They are frequent, annoying, gratingly loud or repetitive, and often offensive to our intelligence. But there is one particular Spotify ad that outdoes the rest. It is the most disturbing ad I have ever seen. A series of images […]Read More Shannon’s Adventures in Toddler Media Literacy
Periodically, I teach a survey-style course on the works of C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien. One of our long-running discussion topics in the class is music: both authors’ works are filled with it. What’s more, when both authors give us creation accounts of their worlds–Middle-Earth in The Silmarillion, and Narnia in Magician’s Nephew–both worlds […]Read More The Inklings and Mr. Rogers Explain the Source of Music’s Power