October 23, 2019

Is the Clown Prince of Crime anything special without his heroic nemesis?

No. It’s exciting to see the Joker onscreen because of the problems he creates for Batman. How will Batman escape this death trap, or foil this scheme, or inspire the citizens of Gotham to rise ab...

July 19, 2019

The easiest way to illustrate how family life is bolstered by vowed religious is to point to how so many consecrated people serve the needy. There are whole religious congregations who conceive of their charism as intimately bound up with babies and birth. The Sisters...

July 1, 2019

I sat down with Jake of the Top/Worst (Whatever) podcast to talk about our favorite role-playing games using the Powered by the Apocalypse game engine. We also delve into what makes the engine such a great basis for story-forward games.

Take a listen to the episode to h...

March 8, 2019

The Bored Ghost storygame podcast invited me back on to play Icarus, a game about the fall of great civilizations. We wove a story about a towering Martian city brought down by hubris, whaling, and experimental music.

In this game, I play Sarta Morningstar, the winningn...

March 3, 2019

"The red jumps off the page. You’re in the middle of a letter from Father Christmas to the Tolkien children, when all of a sudden, there it is—“Goblin” leaping out at you, crimson and clawed. It’s a trick Tolkien seemed to love, as another plaque in the exhibit explain...

January 13, 2019

I cover the upcoming Faith and Liberty Discovery Center, and its mission to revive appreciation for religious liberty.

"Local Projects, a design studio that worked on the September 11 Memorial at Ground Zero in New York City, is designing exhibits for the center. Founde...

December 31, 2018

I wrote this piece last year for New Year's Eve/The Feast of Mary, Mother of God. It wasn't published, so I'm putting it up this year on my site.

January 1st is the solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, a feast celebrated by Catholics and some other Christians. It falls on...

December 5, 2018

I reflect on Stan Lee's life and legacy at First Things:

"It was impossible not to look up to Stan Lee if you were a nerdy kid (like me) interested in creating fantastical universes (like me). Books like How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way interspersed comics-drawing tuto...

November 21, 2018

Be bloody, bold, and resolute!

I'm back on the Bored Ghost podcast playing Fiasco—specifically, the "Break a Leg" playset. I play a jaded Shakespearean director named Timothy Thistleton Jr. What chaos will be unloosed by the characters' petty ambitions and poor imp...

October 10, 2018

My debut as gamemaster on a professionally-produced gaming/storytelling podcast, Bored Ghost! I run a scenario I devised using the game system Dread.

Dread is a game of horror and hope played with a Jenga tower. The Altered Saints are a band on the run from something si...

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