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  • The Batman and Tolkien’s Batman

    The Batman and Tolkien’s Batman0

    While we continue to marvel at the steady stream of superheroes being pumped out in comics and movies, I am more interested in ordinary heroes. The ordinary hero is the man or woman behind the scenes. They are the ones who play the steady, supporting role. Natural second fiddles, they are the loyal retainers who

  • The Authenticity of Clint Eastwood’s ‘Gran Torino’

    The Authenticity of Clint Eastwood’s ‘Gran Torino’0

    Clint Eastwood made his name with a squint, a glare, a snarl, and a few well-chosen one-liners. His vigilante loner has served him well in films from the spaghetti Westerns, the Dirty Harry franchise, Unforgiven, PaleRider, and more. All these roles are summed up in Walt Kowalski—the main character in the 2008 film Gran Torino —a film Mr. Eastwood directed and

  • C.S. Lewis and the Lavender Inner Ring

    C.S. Lewis and the Lavender Inner Ring0

     Among C.S.Lewis’ best writings is his essay about insider cabals. Entitled The Inner Ring, it can be read here on the website of the C.S. Lewis Society of California. Lewis begins with a quotation from Tolstoy’s War and Peace:  When Boris entered the room, Prince Andrey was listening to an old general, wearing his decorations, who

  • When Will Men in Hats Come Back?

    When Will Men in Hats Come Back?3

    Whatever happened to the hat? Whither the fedora? Where have they stashed the Stetsons? Who has banished the boater and trashed the tweed cap? Why is a “Deerstalker” considered a Vietnam movie and a “Panama” no more than a canal? Who can resist the gritty allure of the gumshoe Bogart tugging at the brim of


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