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Taking comfort in the warmth of homemade blankets, quilts
Taking comfort in the warmth of homemade blankets, quilts

The brain can only take so much confirmation of depravity — that is, the daily news of people doing violence to others, down the street or across the oceans. And, if that does not suffice, there's a rich and endless stream of cinematic cruelty, too. Evidence of the dark side is abundant without Woody Harrelson, at his drunken-thug best, brutalizing a woman, which is why, after the first five minutes, I shut down my Netflix feed of a "four-star" film called "Out of the Furnace." I do this not because I want to escape life's gritty reality — as if that were even possible — but because too much of a bad thing skews the world view. And...

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