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No. 19



A Good Name
Joey Earl Horstman
What's in a name? In this essay, Joey Earl Horstman offers theological insights into the creative act of naming in the world, as well as providing a personal history of the Horstman clan. Naming is serious business, indeed.

Artists in the Way
Finding Truth in Dangerous Places
David B. Hutchens
Where art is concerned, is there any such thing as objective truth apart from the individual outworking of that truth? This essay examines the roles of self-consciousness and Christ-consciousness in the inventive process, revealing that perhaps the artist should never "get out of the way."

The Trouble with Church Art
Jeanne Schinto
The tendency toward ritual is strong in many children. Stone altars, vestments, and other trappings of faith are made, all to the end of instilling and maintaining a certain childlike awe. In this reminiscence, Jeanne Schinto recounts some of her own steps in the replacement of "kiddy faith" with something more substantial.


Friends Have All Things in Common
Erasmus' Utopian Dreams of a Better World
Liam Atchison
Plato, Augustine, Thomas More, and Erasmus were among many in the history of philosophy who dreamed of a perfect world. In this penetrating study of the thoughts of Erasmus, Utopia would consist of a place where a pure New Testament religion would reign supreme, and human beings would spend their days in friendship, community, and sharing.

Beyond Nostalgia
Passenger Trains, Art, and the Postmodern
J. Craig Thorpe
We live in a modern, sprawling, car-oriented consumer culture, where each person travels around in his or her individual pod, often oblivious to the surrounding world. Isn't there a better way? In this study, J. Craig Thorpe, a consumer advocate for rail passengers, offers solutions that reside in a new, "ironic" view of the past.

The Mars Hill Interview

The Art of Story
A Conversation with Walter Wangerin, Jr.
Jeanette Hardage
"Preaching preaches: teaching teaches. Fiction merely invites people to experience." Thus says Walter Wangerin, a noted author and lecturer, on the divide between the vocations of the artist and the minister. In this lively conversation, Wangerin discusses the role of artists and storytellers in bringing light, pleasure--and experience--to their audiences.

Reminders of God

The Writing Life


Closed for Remodeling
Sharon Gunter


Christy Swisher

The Pillow
Mary Kenny


The dark
Luci Shaw

The Woodlands Have a Rank and Moldy Smell
Susan St. Martin

Valerie Weaver-Zercher

G. C. Waldrep

Gathering Stones
Amy Cloud

Letters of Nicodemus (I)
David Sten Herrstrom

Rediscovering Electricity
Laurie B. Klein

Madness in the Field
Gayle Boss

The Baptism
Barry Ballard

Views and Reviews


Midwestern Radicals
How My Love for Over the Rhine Nearly Got Me Expelled
Jesse J. DeConto

The Violent Bear It Away
Technology, Mystery, and the Sublime in the Music of Radiohead
Caroline Langston


Red Dirt Girl, Emmylou Harris
James A. Sparrell

O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Various Artists
David W. Johnson

Essence, Lucinda Williams
Dave Urbanski

Music Also Reviewed
James A. Sparrell



Floatplanes, Baptists, Writers, and Friends
A Conversation with Clyde Edgerton and Tim McLaurin
Sheryl Cornett

A Writer's Composition
A Conversation with Albert Murray
Tom Fredrick

Review: Sister India, Peggy Payne
Sheryl Cornett

Books Also Reviewed
Tom Fredrick, James Vescovi, B. B. Puckstein, and Sheryl Cornett



Finding the Unexpected
Competing Visions of the Inner City and Art in Slam and Finding Forrester
Apricot Anderson


Bryan Null

O Brother, Where Art Thou?
David Schaap

Dr. T and the Women
Elizabeth Currier

Films Also Reviewed
Scott Emmert and Joey Earl Horstman

The Editors

Mars Hill Contributors