Short News Items and Archives on 'The Passion of Christ'

A new poll suggests fears that “The Passion of the Christ” would trigger anti-Semitism were unwarranted…. A leader of Jews for Jesus considers “The Passion of the Christ” a Godsend for Jewish evangelism…. The Vatican said Pope John Paul II has met with Jim Caviezel, the actor who portrays Jesus in “The Passion of the Christ.”… “60 Minutes” curmudgeon Andy Rooney’s commentary about “The Passion of the Christ” has prompted…

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Soldiers Relive WWII Great Escape 60 Years On

These were the men who broke out of Nazi Germany’s supposedly escape-proof camp Stalag Luft III on a moonless night in March 1944, creating one of World War II’s most enduring legends and inspiring a classic war film. The Great Escape itself was 60 years ago but Squadron Leader Jimmy James, one of the 76 who escaped through the tunnel code-named Harry, clearly remembers the moments as he waited underground…

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The Great Figure

The Great Figure I’m about to teach Death of a Salesman in my “Intro to LIterary Studies” class. It’s part of a unit on literary criticism, so after we discuss such topics as “Is Willy Loman a Tragic Hero?” and the formal experimentalism called for in the stage directions, I’m hoping to ask my students to look at this play in a greater literary context. I’m going to start by…

Talk Your Way Out of Trouble

Using voice-recognition middleware developed by ScanSoft, Lifeline can recognize over 5,000 words and 100,000 phrases. In practice, that means that the game’s main character, Rio, will understand anything that’s relevant to her predicament, as well as many things that aren’t. Lifeline is thus a unique step toward deeper player immersion in the game world, but not simply because of the technology. It’s because although Rio is the main character, “you”…

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Mind the Windmills

“The Windmills of Your Mind” is too crazy to be anything but a piece of its crazy time, and it is almost airily psychotic: “Is the jingle in your pocket/Or is the jingle in your head?” A question like that made a lot of sense in 1968. –Mind the Windmills (http://boynton.ubersportingpundit.com) Boynton has collected a few reviews and reflections on that odd “Windmils” song, which, if you know it, is now…