About the Blog

"I cannot live without books." ~Thomas Jefferson

Nor can we. This blog is a forum for inveterate lovers of film and literature. But our interests drive us beyond the stories we love, and towards the meanings we find in them. We seek truth in beauty, wherever we find it, whether in book, film, or video game.

Each review will summarize briefly and offer a few comments on whatever aspects of the work caught our attention. For this reason, you can expect to read spoilers throughout this blog. It seems arbitrary to omit details of a plot, when those details are so often the basis for critical judgment.

When a work is viewed with nearly universal regard, it is far more interesting to write of its faults. When a work is treated with general disdain, it is infinitely more valuable (if also more difficult) to seek out its merits.

Our approach recalls the words of Anton Ego (the restaurant critic from Pixar's Ratatouille): "The bitter truth we critics must face, is that in the grand scheme of things, the average piece of junk is probably more meaningful than our criticism designating it so."

According to Christian doctrine, man was created in the "image of God" (Genesis 1:27), and we reflect His nature. By the same doctrine, God created the universe and all that is in it, and man reflects His creative nature. We are defined by our striving for the the three noble qualities that reflect God's nature -- "the True, the Good, and the Beautiful" -- and we are challenged by the desire to create. To invent new worlds, and to express them by page or screen: these are the great pursuits of our human nature.

Welcome to "Worthy of Note."