Unlike the successful movies based on C.S. Lewis's Narnia series, the film version of Phillip Pullman's The Golden Compass failed in U.S. theaters – perhaps due to right-wing critics who labelled it a "stealth atheism" campaign. With multi-million dollar movie franchises at stake, a controversy surrounds both authors' work that challenges our society's limited vision of the divine.
Anticon rapper Sole talks about his new album with a live band, rap, life, social consciousness, the mountains, and his dogs. "In Europe I learned not to rush to and fro like a crazed American," he says, "to stop, smell the grass, take a walk, have your thoughts, chill, read, sip some wine, feel the sun on your face. And that's what this new album is about. When I talk about politics, or society, or history, its a sub plot to my own thoughts…. like 'Ooh the sunflowers just bloomed, four U.S. troops died in a suicide bombing, the dog shit on the carpet, we're gonna invade Iran, honey is the tofu ready?'"