Author Archives: Eve Tushnet

About Eve Tushnet

Eve Tushnet is a writer in Washington, DC. She blogs at Patheos and has written for Commonweal, USA Today, and the Weekly Standard, among other publications. She is working on a book on vocation for gay Catholics. Her email is eve_tushnet@yahoo.com and she can be found on Twitter at @evetushnet.

The Walking Dread: “It Follows”

A fearsome little horror film that is all monster, no message

Public Policy’s Absent Aesthetics

Talk of health and wealth cannot substitute for sublimity and attraction in human motivations.

Marilynne Robinson Returns to Gilead

America’s preeminent Christian novelist explores baptism, works, and redemption.

America’s Imperial Mental Illness

How U.S. medicine is changing the way the world loses its mind.

Singing Gospel, Growing Up Gay

Religion, sexuality, and ambition make a volatile mix at a black Christian boys’ prep school.

Merry Widows, Weeping Brides

The Metropolitan Museum of Art puts the fun back in funerals.

This Town Is Dead at Night

An Iranian-Californian vampire flick lives up to the hype.

Sociology as Class War

Progressive social scientists want to help poor people but won’t learn from them.

Will Work for Meaning: “Two Days, One Night”

A woman has one weekend to beg for her job in the Dardenne brothers’ harrowing new film.

The Mother and the Monster: “The Babadook”

Something under the bed is sobbing.

The Dead Hand of the Past: “Bad Jews” at the Studio Theatre

Joshua Harmon’s ferocious comedy, in which a family heirloom stands in for the future of the Jewish people.

Tony Kushner’s Communist Turducken

This overstuffed production shows a suicidal longshoreman fighting his family—and the long defeat of his hopes.

The Human Face a Furnace Seal’d: John Darnielle’s Wolf in White Van

The new novel from the man behind the Mountain Goats suggests that the mind is a dangerous playground.

Sublime Recovery vs. Banal Recovery

Two competing narratives of addiction and recovery are both gaining prominence in American pop culture. Can they coexist?

A Lonely Hearts Church

In a world of disconnection and drifting, strengthening the family is a question of trust and love.

Radio Is a Sound Salvation: “God Help the Girl”

Under the cutesy exterior is a subtle film about how we understand our suffering, and what might save us from despair.

This Is Not My Beautiful City: “Belleville” at the Studio Theatre

Americans in Paris find fear and suspicion instead of marital bliss.

What’s the Punishment for Being a Stock Character?

“As Above, So Below” is a sin-focused horror film rather confused about sin.

The Man Who Ate Liberty Valance

A creepy, haunting cannibal Western, “Ravenous” explores of the temptations of power.

Youngest Son Adds Laments to the Indie Hymnal

Sincerity marries sorrow in an album with a tuneful, memorable pop sensibility.

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