Escapism can be delightful. But artistic creation also uses the fodder of daily life.
"Revival" usually implies a preacher with great oratory skills. Nashville's Downtown Presbyterian stokes something different.
At the annual banquet of the University of Chicago Divinity School, first-year student Rebecca Anderson knocks ’em dead with a stand-up comedy routine. But then she should: she was previously a stand-up comic. “When I tell people here I grew up in a fundamentalist family, they treat me like I just got out of a POW camp. 'Oh my God,' they say, 'Are you OK?'"