The term apocalypse usually evokes images of mass destruction, yet the root of the word is "revelation." Focusing on the epiphanic quality of apocalyptic insight, and drawing on the wisdom of popular culture, from Radiohead to Beck to the Coen...
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The term apocalypse usually evokes images of mass destruction, yet the root of the word is "revelation." Focusing on the epiphanic quality of apocalyptic insight, and drawing on the wisdom of popular culture, from Radiohead to Beck to the Coen brothers' films, David Dark invites us to embrace a more "watchful way of being" in the world.
The term "apocalypse" usually evokes images of mass destruction-burning buildings and nuclear fallout, or even rapture and tribulation. Often, our attempts to interpret the imagery of the book of Revelation seem to carry us far away from our day-to-day existence. David Dark challenges this narrow understanding in Everyday Apocalypse, calling his readers back to the root of the word, which is "revelation." Through readings of Flannery O'Connor stories and savvy discussion of The Matrix themes, Dark calls us to imagine the apocalypse as a more watchful way of being in the world. He draws on the sometimes unlikely wisdom of popular culture-including The Simpsons and films like The Truman Show-to highlight how the imagination can expose our moral condition. Ultimately, Dark presents apocalypse as honest self-assessment and other-centeredness in the here and now. This engaging book holds enormous appeal for readers interested in the pursuit of everyday spirituality. It will delight lovers
Mining popular media, Dark redefines the term apocalypse as a more honest, watchful way of being in the world.
"David Dark's key insight in this book is that the apocalyptic vision doesn't heed our usual distinctions between "high" and "pop" culture; he therefore follows the trail of apocalypse wherever it leads--through movies, TV, music, and fiction--and he does so with flair, aplomb, and a determination to consider the whole of human culture in light of the enigmatic and overwhelming Jesus of John's own Apocalypse. Everyday Apocalypse is a fine ride."-Alan Jacobs, author of A Visit to Vanity Fair"Apocalyptic is not religious fantasy about the future, but a window on the present, in the light of the future. David Dark has turned it into a powerful tool for cultural criticism. Literary history and contemporary media are used to throw light on one another. Not many authors can successfully put Beck and John Donne together in the same sentence. Above all, significant examples of contemporary literature, television, music, and film are reviewed, not to show how morally bad they are, but to allow them to show us our reality, if we are willing to be shown it. Highly recommended."-Rt. Reverend Graham Cray"David Dark presents us with an alternative way of seeing--with apocalyptic expectations--that is fresh, inviting, and laced with biblical insight. Everyday Apocalypse charts a course through a range of popular artworks, revealing unexpected surprises along the way while opening new avenues for understanding film, fiction, television programs, and popular music."-William D. Romanowski, author of Eyes Wide Open: Looking for God in Popular Culture"God gave David Dark a gift--the ability to inhale copious amounts of movies, literature and articulate rock music, sieve it through the lungs of his spiritually discerning mind and soul and then exhale it full of the sweetest Biblical wisdom and understanding as to where faith and culture caress and collide. He has been doing this in my living room for years. And now another gift from God; David Dark's gift is available to everybody."-Steve Stockman, author of Walk On: The Spiritual Journey of U2
David Dark (Ph.D., Vanderbilt University) is the critically acclaimed author of Everyday Apocalypse, The Gospel According to America and most recently The Sacredness of Questioning Everything. He has had articles published in Paste, Oxford American, Books and Culture, Christian Century, among others. A frequent speaker, Dark has also appeared on C-SPANs Book-TV and in an award-winning documentary, Marketing the Message.
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