Dear Hollywood, I don’t watch you much, but when I do I’d rather not view insipid depictions of so-called everyday life. Where has the imagination gone?

Where are the new stories that will inspire my own? Where are the insights into the human condition that catapult narratives into the beautiful? Where are the characters I want to cheer for? Why the morbidity? Why the hyper-crass? Why the nihilistic? Until your imagination returns, I won’t waste my time. 

Yours truly, Beauty-seeker

Timothy Willard loves to sit with his wife by the bonfire and make up stories about Tom the Backyard-Badger for his three lovely daughters. When he's not carving up the Appalachian Mountains on his Salsa El Mariachi, you can find him busy writing a book, collaborating on a book, or reading a book written by someone dead and gone. Timothy studied beauty in the works of C.S. Lewis under theologian Alister McGrath. The author of five books, including Veneer: Living Deeply in a Surface Society (Zondervan), Timothy is currently finishing The Life-Changing Adventure of Chasing Beauty (Eerdmans, 2019), preparing his doctoral thesis for publication, and trying to find a publisher for his first novel The Tempest and the Bloom. He lives somewhere in the south Charlotte woods.