An Ape and a Pig

After reading this article over the weekend and watching the buffoonery of Monday night’s debate, I noticed that our current presidential candidates are strikingly similar to some characters I’ve encountered in fiction- and not characters that we would (or at least should) want as president. Namely,  Shift the Ape and Napoleon the Pig.

Shift is one of those especially delightful characters in fiction whose name perfectly summarizes his whole being. He is shifty. He constantly shifts and bends truth in order to take over Narnia.

Sound familiar? Continue reading “An Ape and a Pig”


What Are We Bourne For?

Throughout the gripping intrigue and wild car chases of the Bourne Trilogy, a question kept nagging in the back of my head. It seemed there was a plot hole, an unrealistic inconsistency. I kept wondering:

What is driving Jason Bourne?

What could his purpose in life possibly be? Continue reading “What Are We Bourne For?”

That Hideous Ring

I just recently finished reading the last book in C. S. Lewis’s Space Trilogy, That Hideous Strength. One of his central themes is community, and he sets two opposing types against one another – the “Inner Ring” and real Christian fellowship.

The Inner Ring is that select group of people that everyone yearns to be part of. “There are no formal admissions or expulsions. People think they are in it after they have in fact been pushed out of it, or before they have been allowed in: this provides great amusement for those who are really inside.”1 All of us, at least to a certain extent, strive to be accepted; we strive to belong. For some of us, this desire is no more than a quiet, nagging, slightly spiteful voice in the back of our heads. But for others, like Mark Studdock (That Hideous Strength), this desire to belong consumes. Continue reading “That Hideous Ring”