Arts+Culture

Arts+Culture

We Are the Eighth Day, © Melanie Weidner

Film

Blue Valentine

Directed by Derek Cianfrance

Marriage is a juicy topic for filmmakers, but few movies get made about happy ones. More common is the dissection of a once-happy union that is coming apart at the seams.

On Art

Dust to Dust

Although abstract, Linda McCray's work is rich in symbolism: that of color (the blue-black of the void and the purple of Lent) and of material, with ash and sand from Jerusalem affecting both color and texture.  McCray is a painter, designer, art consultant for sacred space, retreat facilitator and adjunct professor who lives in Clancy, Montana. She writes: "Our Lenten journeys are about mortality and transformation. It is a time of spiritual renewal and drawing closer to Jesus. . . . In a universal theological sense, this painting is about kenosis, the emptiness that precedes grace."

—Lois Huey-Heck

Books

Christian Ethics in a Technological Age, by Brian Brock

Christians have often used technology—from electric guitars to Power­Point presentations to blogs—in the service of witnessing to their faith.

Film

True Grit

Written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen

True Grit is the last thing you'd ex­pect from the movies' most resolutely ironic brother act, the writer-directors Joel and Ethan Coen: a labor of love. They set out to adapt Charles Portis's charming novel faithfully, correcting the errors of the 1969 Henry Hathaway version, a stock western memorable only for John Wayne's performance as the tippling marshal Rooster Cogburn.