Alan Jacobs

Posts in category “Arts”

Hollywood and Cultural Appropriation

How can we tell the difference between bad “cultural appropriation” and the kind that’s intrinsic to culture itself?

Posted April 15th, 2016

Creativity and Constraint

Holding back can be the hardest thing for artists to do, and the most rewarding.

Posted March 4th, 2016


From Star Wars to The Lord of the Rings and beyond, victory does not always belong to the powerful.

Posted December 23rd, 2015

The Selfish Babette

This morning Rod calls our attention to this post about cooking the …

Posted August 2nd, 2013

Sarah Losh’s Church

What you see above is the exterior of the strange and beautiful …

Posted July 19th, 2013

Do Suburbs Lack Sacred Space?

Aaron Renn says they do: Suburbs are often unfairly maligned as lacking …

Posted June 20th, 2013

The Millman Interlocution

It’s always fun to debate with Noah Millman. So let me do …

Posted June 6th, 2013

Strikeouts and Stigmas

Reading The Slurve this morning — and you do all subscribe to …

Posted May 17th, 2013

Interviewing Dylan

So one of my students who’s a passionate Bob Dylan fan lent …

Posted April 28th, 2013

Copyright Woes

The frustrations of trying to share a 60 year-old Auden poem without breaking the law

Posted February 20th, 2013

More About Watchmen

I’m grateful for the pushback I got on my Watchmen post, both …

Posted February 18th, 2013

The Real Story Behind That Meteorite

Posted February 15th, 2013

The Mystery of Jiro’s Sushi

When, a few days ago, Rod mentioned Jiro Dreams of Sushi I …

Posted February 12th, 2013

How Austin Kleon Defeated the Troll

Every rational person knows that the conversational environment on the internet is …

Posted February 9th, 2013

Rock Your Pancreas

Alex Stone says that the new memoir by Duff McKagan of Guns …

Posted February 9th, 2013

How Many Children Had Albus Dumbledore?

Fan fiction by another name: Why do we write biographies for our favorite characters?

Posted February 8th, 2013

The Tyranny of the Word

  I’m interested in almost anything to do with trees — I’ve …

Posted January 29th, 2013