Posts tagged "GRAVEN IMAGES"

Dreamers and Assassins

“See the Dreamer in his wheelchair. A poor man. Paralyzed. Blind to this world…” Or was he? Photo-historian Michael Lesy takes a hard look at one of the disturbing images that came out of the Middle East last week in this latest, original “Revealing” essay. Concentrating on a photograph taken just days before the assassination of the terrorist...

John Kerry Clay

Is John Kerry a man of clay? The Golem

After The Passion

You’ve seen The Passion of The Christ so many times now you can sing along to all the songs, and you’re tired of your crucifixion nail, and even the drawing-and-quartering scene in Passion: The Prequel (also known as Braveheart) fails to set you aquiver. What to do? Fortunately, The Forward has a few ideas: How about a documentary by a young hasidic...

Who Owns the Passion?

Another smart review of The Passion can be found in The Nation, wherein Stuart Klawans weighs Gibson’s marketing and moviemaking skills: “Beyond my parochial squeamishness over this movie, I’m concerned at how Gibson forecloses any interpretation. ‘It is as it was.’ Disagree with the film in any way–even to point out how the Gospels are at variance with history–and you disagree...

Marketing God, Part II

The Revealer’s latest original feature, “Picturing The Passion,” by Chris Lehmann, is the second installment of his series on the Marketing of God. Lehmann, who last wrote about media-saavy churches in “The Medium is the Messiah,” is the deputy editor of The Washington Post Book World and author of Revolt of the Masscult. Here, he distinguishes himself from other Passion reviewers by his astute sensitivity to the visual...

Mel Gibson’s Baby

Mel Gibson defines evil for Christianity Today‘s Mark Moring: “taking something that’s good and twisting it a little bit.” Well, if you say so, Mel. A moment of repentence? Not from this Christian braveheart. Rather, Gibson is responding to Christianity Today‘s request that he explain the much talked about “evil baby” coddled by an androgynous Satan in The Passion. So what is evil...

Nailing the Passion

    “Rodolfo Esqueda removes pewter nails from the mold used to make one of the pieces of jewelry in the ‘The Passion of the Christ’ line of jewelry at the Bob Siemon Designs plant in Santa Ana, Calif., Tuesday.” (AP Photo/Chris Carlson) The humble nail — once a bit player in the crucifixion —...

Prayer Maps

Pizza parlors, shipping offices, printing shops, jewelry shops — temples, all, as revealed by photographer Jaime Permuth‘s “Manhattan Mincha Map,” a virtual exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York. The Mincha is the shortest of the three daily prayers said by orthodox Jewish men, consisting mainly of 19 blessings recited while standing, “symbolic,” Permuth points...

Passionate Letters

The Revealer likes to harp on a theme, a rather vague notion of democratic religion writing — the sort practiced by journalists more intrigued by the many manifestations of faith and faithlessness than by Religion’s official proclamations and courtroom exhortations (Stay out of the schools! Get into the schools!). But we’re reminded from time to time...

Eden on the Block

In the beginning, there was a “time of innocence.” Pam Shaw, one of a few thousand Eves, called it “paradise,” and speaks of the “blind faith” with which she believed in the Prime Mover of her bliss. Yes, of course — Disney Corp. In today’s New York Times, Abby Goodnough reports on Disney’s plan to sell Celebration, its now...