Choosing to be Evil

Several years ago, after a Halloween marathon of the Lecter films, I got into an argument with my friends over whether or not psychopaths are born or created. Though many excellent points were made on all sides, my opinion was that you can’t excuse bad behavior through abuse, because that doesn't vindicate the crimes perpetrated …

A Crisis in Heaven

“Oh, dear, oh, dear.” Gabriel looks up from his scroll. He unfurls magnificent wings, made purely of light. “What’s wrong now, Mizelle?” The angel turns worried eyes upon him. “They did it again!” “Who did what?” Mizelle scampers across the golden street, his wings casting a shadow. He tugs slightly on his tunic. “They made …

Gods & Teddy Bears: Sebastian & Aloysius

Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited is a fascinating piece of literature, a blend of autobiographical musings and sentiment, laced with thought-provoking controversies. It is an unusual exploration of immorality and faith. We can sum it up in one unforgettable image: Sebastian Flyte and his teddy bear, Aloysius. This nondescript brown bear accompanies the eccentric, flamboyant, and …

When INTJs Go Bad… Hannibal Lecter

Let’s talk about the most infamous INTJ in literature and film… Hannibal Lecter, the calm, calculating psychopath-turned-serial-killer in the books by Thomas Harris. A successful psychologist, in the books we meet him already behind bars, serving a life sentence for his crimes… in Brian Fuller’s television series, he’s not yet been caught, and the entire …