Unapologetic Evil: Cardinal Richelieu

For as long as I can remember, I have loved fictional villains. I justify it by pointing out a hero is nothing without a villain to overcome, but in reality I love their pure, unabashed delight in being dreadful. They bring melodrama to the story. I’m a sucker for damsels in distress, enormous evil plots,... Continue Reading →

The Psychopath, The Sociopath, and the Narcissist

I have interesting friends. Since many of us are into psychology, when we watch things, we wind up talking about mental disorders. The BBC series The Musketeers is rich ground for antisocial disorders. Most of its characters have antisocial traits (the antisocial spectrum includes narcissists, sociopaths, and psychopaths—people without a moral conscience), but three of... Continue Reading →

The God We Do / Don’t Want

Free will is such a complex topic, theologians have dedicated entire volumes to it, what it means in the spectrum of divine grace, and how much humans have of it (could we really destroy ourselves, or would God ‘stop us’? if He would stop us, is that the end of our ‘free will’? Does our... Continue Reading →

Fact & Fiction: The White Princess, Episode 1

Since Starz announced this production, I have waffled between anticipation and dread. The former because I appreciate new costume dramas centered on the lesser-known Tudors; and the latter, because I’ve read Philippa Gregory’s book series. She’s a talented enough writer that her “historical slander” passes for the truth – and she maligns reputations, turning decent... Continue Reading →

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