The Most Beautiful Fraud: Kedi

The Most Beautiful Fraud:  <i>Kedi</i>

19

Mar

2017

It is a false dichotomy to say that in this world there are cat people and there are dog people, and never the twain shall meet.  There are many -- myself included -- who love the company of both animals, and have been lucky enough to have both dog and cat companions over the course of their lives.  But it is also roughly ...
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Call My Baby Tabletop, Tell You Why

Call My Baby Tabletop, Tell You Why

17

Mar

2017

Spring is in the air, and a young man's heart turns to thoughts of love.  I am not a young man, however, so while the rest of you are out enjoying sunshine and greenery and doing your grotesque courting rituals, I am inside basking in the warming glow of a computer screen, thinking about all the role-playing games that mig ...
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Unglamorays

Unglamorays

10

Mar

2017

See, here's the thing:  the Spider-Man cartoon theme was, well, amazing.  No sane person could argue against that.  But the Captain America and Hulk cartoon themes were dumb as shit.  And have they gotten any less shit-dumb in the last 40 years?  No, they have not.  All that has happened is that there are a lot more p ...
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On My Planet, The “S” Stands For “Sucky”

On My Planet, The “S” Stands For “Sucky”

9

Mar

2017

Earlier this week, we discussed how nostalgia for the superhero comics of '60s and '70s, on the basis that the Big Two were creating more original characters and taking more risks, is misguided not because it's false on its face, but because the original characters being created were fucking ridiculous. Today and tomorrow, ...
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The Women’s International

The Women’s International

8

Mar

2017

Today, Wednesday, March 8th, 2017, is International Women's Day.  It will be marked by protests, marches, rallies, and a proposed general strike by women -- the 'Day Without A Woman' -- in reaction to the election of Donald Trump as president and the legislation, remarkably hostile to women, that he has advanced.It is a da ...
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Dial H for Half-Assed

Dial H for Half-Assed

7

Mar

2017

Many years ago, when 'blogs' were a thing, I wrote a series called the Geek Index, in which I examined the DC Who's Who and Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe series in order to illustrate that comic books were written for mental defectives.  It did not require close examination.Nowadays, geeks -- once a pejorative ...
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The Most Beautiful Fraud: Toni Erdmann

The Most Beautiful Fraud:  <i>Toni Erdmann</i>

13

Feb

2017

Who among us does not practically break a leg running to the box office when we hear those magical words "three-hour bittersweet German art dramedy"?  The third film by the director Maren Ade, whose work I have never seen but which has been highly praised by those who have, seems like the most unlikely candidate for box o ...
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Put the X in Specs

Put the X in Specs

7

Feb

2017

In professional foot-ball's "Super Bowl", the New England Patriots, owned by a man who vocally supports a rich, horrible billionaire authority figure, defeated the Atlanta Falcons, vocally supported by an owner who is a rich, horrible billionaire authority figure.  This brings to a close America's most recent sporting sea ...
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All the Ways of Communicating

All the Ways of Communicating

26

Jan

2017

The question so memorably posed by Jack Nicholson's Joker in Tim Burton's Batman -- "Hubba hubba hubba, who do you trust?" -- has become of rather grave importance in recent years.  With Donald Trump in the White House, the Republican war antagonism to the press, at a low boil at the best of times, has boiled over into ...
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Between Impression and Expression: Fred Hampton

Between Impression and Expression:  Fred Hampton

11

Jan

2017

With some things, you have to learn by either seeing it or participating in it.  And you know yourselves that there are people walking around your community today that have all types of degrees that should be at this meeting, but are not here.  Right?  Because you can have as many degrees as a thermometer; if you don't h ...
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Put Me In, Coachella – Part III

Put Me In, Coachella – Part III

10

Jan

2017

I don't really care for outdoor music festivals.  For one thing, I am a hundred and seventeen years old, and it is something that young people do, like smart drugs, the Banana Sprite Challenge, and being a well-dressed neo-Nazi.  It also robs being outdoors of its major appeal (peace and tranquility), and robs noisy rock ...
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Put Me In, Coachella – Part II

Put Me In, Coachella – Part II

6

Jan

2017

The Coachella Music Festival has been in the news lately, partly because it's just that time of year and there's never enough content to go around so somehow an overpriced outdoor concert is transformed into 'news', but mostly because of allegations that Philip Anschutz (the owner of AEG, the entertainment conglomerate that ...
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Put Me In, Coachella

Put Me In, Coachella

5

Jan

2017

Recently, a meme was going around that your real age is 100 minus the number of bands playing at the Coachella music festival that you've actually heard of before.  In my case, this turned out to be 63 -- a good number, placing me (as in real life) right at that sweet spot where you're basically old enough to retire, but a ...
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Simply Having a War on Christmastime

Simply Having a War on Christmastime

22

Dec

2016

As I've discussed endlessly in this space, one of my favorite things about the right-wing persecution complex that's been so carefully cultivated by conservative politicians over the last 50 years or so is hearing people complain about things that are not only not actually happening, but are the opposite of happening.  We ...
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Just Another Beer Nerd from Chicago

Just Another Beer Nerd from Chicago

5

Dec

2016

When I started drinking, there was no such thing as "craft beer".  If you didn't like the weak, watery, tasteless crap that passed for beer in America, you did one of two things:  you found a bar that carried foreign beer (Guinness, usually, maybe something exotic from Germany or, if you were really lucky, Belgium), or ...
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