Jack Butler is a writer living in Washington, D.C.

I Don’t Care About ‘Game of Thrones’

This Sunday, the finale of the seventh season of Game of Thrones will air on HBO. Millions of fans, seemingly half of them employed as episode re-cappers for various media outlets, will tune in to see how it ends. Will Jon Snow reclaim the throne of Gondor? Will Westeros unite against the Witch-King? Will Daenerys … Continued


A Film for All Seasons

In 1929, Catholic apologist G.K. Chesterton wrote, “Blessed Thomas More is more important at this moment than at any moment since his death, even perhaps the great moment of his dying; but he is not quite so important as he will be in about a hundred years’ time.” What could Chesterton have meant by these … Continued

Entertainment, Movies

Why Guys Should Watch ‘Gilmore Girls’

I’ll just come right out and say it: I love Gilmore Girls, and I’m not ashamed to admit it. I don’t just love Gilmore Girls because I love the Gilmore Girls: daughter Rory (Alexis Bledel), her mother, Lorelai (Lauren Graham), Lorelai’s mother, Emily (Kelly Bishop), and all the other non-Gilmore women on the show, though … Continued

Entertainment, Television

The Virtues of ‘The Exorcist’

  I was in sixth grade when I first started having nightmares about demonic possession. They began with a casual reference to the projectile vomit of pea soup in the 1973 film The Exorcist, made by a friend at my Catholic grade school. My friend couldn’t have known it, but he had introduced me to … Continued

Entertainment, Movies

Put ELO in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Last week, the Cleveland Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced its nominees for induction into 2017’s Hall of Fame class. The Hall of Fame is famously subjective, and one could make a case for any of the candidates, all giants of Boomer culture: the group Yes popularized progressive rock; Journey perfected arena rock; Tupac … Continued

Entertainment, Music

A Millennial’s Memories of 9/11

I’m just old enough to remember September 11, 2001. I was an eight-year-old third-grader that day. During morning prayers at my Catholic grade school, my teacher simply told us to “pray for everybody in New York.” My classmates and I didn’t know what this meant. Unlike older students, who immediately learned the brutal reality of … Continued


Change the Way Olympic Host Cities are Chosen

When the 2016 Olympic Games opened this weekend, Brazil put on a glorious display to honor years of hard work by the athletes who got there and to initiate what every four years becomes a thrilling exhibition of the extent of human physicality; they also tried to prove to a wary world that it’s ready … Continued


The Narcissism of Anti-Christian Hipsters

“The devil went down to Detroit, he was looking for a point to make . . .” So might have begun the Charlie Daniels’ Band famous ditty “The Devil Went Down To Georgia” if it had focused not on a fictional fiddle-fight between a talented human musician and the Devil himself, but on a curious … Continued


Brexit Vote Wins. Millennials Are Hit Hardest.

A little more than a week ago, Britain voted to leave the European Union. The dust from the catastrophe that opponents of Brexit warned about has finally cleared, revealing . . . not much dust at all, really. Brexit was never going to be an instantaneous transformation. And initially jittery financial markets have moved toward … Continued