Pop Culture Roundup

I've started Devil in the White City, which is different from what I expected. I thought it was going to be a piece of historical fiction, but instead it details the seedy underbelly of the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago. It doesn't need to be fictionalized. There's plenty of non-fiction to make it interesting.

Lately I've been rediscovering a Christian hardcore act called Klank. As far as I know, they only ever released two albums (technically three, but the one was a bunch of remixes). They're a healthy mix of Nine Inch Nails and Korn: a little industrial, a little electronic, a little metal, and then some undertones of faith (do NIN and Korn have undertones of faith? Well, anyway...). A lot of Christians don't like bands like Klank because they aren't explicitly Christian enough. If you're looking for another 'O Jesus, you are Jesus, thank you Jesus for being Jesus' album, this won't satisfy. Klank asks the hard questions, expresses anger. It's like if the book of Lamentations were set to music. I talk about this kind of stuff more here.

Lately School of Rock has been on TV a lot, which I've enjoyed. Jack Black is perfect in the lead role. I believe the script was written with him in mind, so that makes sense. It's just a fun movie.

Around the web, Joseph Barsabbas has a modern metaphor for the kingdom of God.

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