Category Archives: Popular Culture

Jesus Junk and Christian Kitsch, Volume 4 – What is Kitsch? (Best of Codex)

[I have an abiding interest in kitsch and this post provides some theoretical background into kitsch. Originally posted 20th October 2005] I’ve been asked by some readers “What is ‘Kitsch’?” In this post I will attempt to define it, or … Continue reading

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Bono and the Edge Listened to Me: U2 is Coming to Edmonton!

In my sad post lamenting the fact that Edmonton was not among the first North American cities for the U2360° Tour, I begged Bono and the Edge (sorry Larry and Adam, but I didn’t think you had the pull) to … Continue reading

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Ten Commandments meets Sparta!?

20th Century Fox has announced that they will be remaking The Ten Commandments in the style of “300“! I am not sure of what to make of this. “300” was a visually stunning — if not ultra violent — film, … Continue reading

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The Success and Failure of Kings

The DVD of the first — and last — season of NBC’s biblical drama, Kings, was released yesterday (Michael Green, 2009; IMDb; Buy from Amazon.ca | Amazon.com). The thirteen episode series is a modernized and very creative retelling of the … Continue reading

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Finding God in The Shack

If you haven’t heard of the popular novel The Shack (Buy from Amazon.ca | Amazon.com), then you must have been living in a cave for the last two years. William P. Young’s bestselling novel about a man’s encounter with the … Continue reading

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U2 Announces Tour: Two Canadian Dates

U2 just announced the dates and locations for their worldwide tour. The tour, called the U2360° Tour, is starting in Ireland and then stopping for one show in  London before hitting Europe. The North American leg of the tour is … Continue reading

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Top Ten Highlights from “U2 Week”

I decided to dub this “U2 Week” in honour of U2 releasing their new album, No Line On the Horizon, on Tuesday 3 March 2009. You probably also have heard that U2 was on Late Show with David Letterman all … Continue reading

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U2 – No Line on the Horizon: My First Impressions

I have had a chance to listen to U2’s new album, No Line on the Horizon, a number of times. I’m not sure if this will be my favourite U2 album, but I quite like it. Some songs remind me … Continue reading

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U2 Conference Postponed (Yipee!)

Back in November I announced an academic conference focused on the music and message of the Irish rock band, U2.  As it turns out, the conference, “U2: The Hype and the Feedback,” which was supposed to be held in NYC … Continue reading

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Anticipating U2’s No Line on the Horizon

As a U2 fan, I am looking forward to the release of U2’s new album, No Line on the Horizon. While the album is slated for release in North American on 3 March 2009, the first single from the album, … Continue reading

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