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Everyday Apocalypse : the sacred revealed in Radiohead, the Simpsons, and other pop culture icons
Dark, David, 1969-
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Grand Rapids, Mich. : Brazos Press, [2002]

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160 pages ; 23 cm
Flip the script -- You think you been redeemed -- Impossible laughter -- Bearing witness -- Living in fiction -- Boogie nights of the living dead -- Daylight is a dream if you've lived with your eyes closed -- Apocalyptic xenophilia.
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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 of literature, popular music, and movies, as well as anyone concerned with a Christian response to popular culture.

Author Notes

David Dark has published articles and reviews in Prism magazine and Books & Culture. He teaches English at Christ Presbyterian Academy in Nashville

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Publisher's Weekly Review

"Apocalypse"-as a genre and as a mind-set-is commonly misunderstood, as something hidden in the back of the Bible and characterized by a gnostic or nihilistic disdain for anything earthly or human. So says Dark, a teacher of English at Christ Presbyterian Academy in Nashville, arguing persuasively that genuine apocalypse, informed by Scripture and the rest of biblical tradition, isn't hidden. It can be seen in books and music and on screens large and small. As the first chapter argues, apocalypse isn't primarily about destruction or fortune telling, but about the future pushing into the present, "cracking the pavement of the status quo... announcing a new world of unrealized possibility." The remaining chapters report on what Dark sees as he looks at pop culture through the wide-angle lens of God's ultimate purposes for all of creation. Dark is a close reader not only of pages (Shakespeare and Flannery O'Connor), but tunes (Radiohead and Beck), and film (Truman Show and The Matrix). He is a wide, wise, and good reader, and this book shows him also to be a fine writer - illuminating, engaging, often funny, sometimes disturbing. Familiarity with the cultural phenomena to which he points is helpful, but not necessary. Throughout he helpfully gestures toward others with apocalyptic eyeglasses: poets, theologians, critics, celebrities. If readers allow the book to do its work, they, too, will acquire what he calls "apocalyptic acumen" or "imaginative magnanimity." (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. 8
1. Flip the Scriptp. 9
2. You Think You Been Redeemedp. 27
3. Impossible Laughterp. 42
4. Bearing Witnessp. 63
5. Living in Fictionp. 78
6. Boogie Nights of the Living Deadp. 96
7. Daylight Is a Dream If You've Lived with Your Eyes Closedp. 114
8. Apocalyptic Xenophiliap. 137
Notesp. 157