Don’t Wait for Answers

Don’t Wait for Answers

28

Oct

2014

One of the few pleasures of growing older, from the perspective of cultural criticism, is watching America mythologize itself.  Sometimes you have the enjoyment of seeing this happen just as it develops, as H.L. Mencken spotted in his observation of the immediate aftermath of the Dempsey/Carpentier fight; other times, it ...
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Carrie That Weight

Carrie That Weight

26

Oct

2014

What can possibly be gained by comparing the two film versions of Stephen King's first novel, Carrie?  Beats me, but their recent and sudden appearance on Netflix streaming, combined with vague curiosity and less vague boredom, led me to find out.  I'm an unapologetic booster of Brian De Palma, and a big fan of his 1976 ...
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Heaven and Hell: The Architect

Heaven and Hell:  The Architect

24

Oct

2014

It was famously said by a man who had never been there that Hell is other people. Like most epigrams, it’s more clever than it is accurate. Hell is other people, yes; but not many. The energy and logistics involved in getting a dead man’s shade into Hell are so vast and complicated that it’s a fate generally reserved ...
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WWATFM

WWATFM

22

Oct

2014

It is a complicated world, and today's worker, student, and/or working student intern has to memorize more data points than ever to prove useful to his instructor/employer.  In the internet age, when all data is instantly accessible to everyone at all times, you might think that rote memorization would be increasingly less ...
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Just Give It to Me Raw

Just Give It to Me Raw

20

Oct

2014

I’m a guy who likes his meat. I figure I have incisors for a reason, and if there’s a dead animal I wouldn’t enjoy eating, I haven’t encountered it yet. More than that, though, I love to cook. A vegetarian diet – or even, may the fishmongers of Seattle forgive me, a vegan one – is fine with me, as long as I can ...
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What We Talk About When We Talk About Metal

What We Talk About When We Talk About Metal

18

Oct

2014

MOST FREQUENTLY APPEARING WORDS IN THE TITLES OF METAL SONGS I HAVE IN MY MP3 LIBRARY, PRIMARY PHASEDeath; black; blood; demon; fire; hell; spell.MOST FREQUENTLY APPEARING WORDS IN THE TITLES OF METAL SONGS I HAVE IN MY MP3 LIBRARY, SECONDARY PHASEBurning, cold; darkness; dead; earth; end; ...
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Our Private Traps

Our Private Traps

16

Oct

2014

She is not like the women in those other films, those dangerous women that she has come to bury just as surely as she will soon occupy a sad and lonely grave, sunk in a pond, crammed in the trunk of her brand new car.  They are professional criminals, or at least in league with such people; she is a nervous if determined w ...
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Speed is the Key

Speed is the Key

14

Oct

2014

The Flash, like some Speed-Force-infused Rodney Dangerfield, don't get no respect.Despite going through a respectable transition from Golden to Silver Age (and, in the process, inventing the multiverse), being a founding member of the Justice League of America, featuring some top-rate talent in his solo title, displaying on ...
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Deep Reads #6: Forces in the Field

Deep Reads #6:  Forces in the Field

12

Oct

2014

From The Trouble with Principle by Stanley Fish:"Many bad things are now being done in the name of neutral principles, and I hope it is clear by now that it is no paradox to say that bad things are being done by something which doesn't exist.  Indeed, it is crucial that neutral principles not exist if they are to perform ...
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The Sum Never Sets

The Sum Never Sets

10

Oct

2014

Since 1583, the British Empire has been a name you can trust for all your industrial, cultural, and brown-people subjugation needs.  We've brought you the railroad, tbe spinning jenny, the difference engine, and the electronically controlled bassoon, not to mention William Shakespeare and a little show called Doctor Who. ...
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My Compassion Overcomes My Wrath

My Compassion Overcomes My Wrath

8

Oct

2014

As I write this, the American government is engaged in yet another air bombardment campaign in the Middle East.  In response to a series of relatively minor, but alarming and shocking, provocations by an extremist militant group usually known as ISIS, President Barack Obama -- who initially campaigned on a platform of peac ...
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A Sky Filled with Something

A Sky Filled with Something

6

Oct

2014

(Note to producers:  Mr. DeGrasse-Tyson is out with a bad case of sarcoidosis.  Because of time constraints, Mr. MacFarlane has volunteered the services of his friend Jud Granderson to complete the voice-over content.  Mr. Granderson is a technical consultant on American Dad, has a semi-degree in physical education, a k ...
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Might Get Fooled Just Once More

Might Get Fooled Just Once More

4

Oct

2014

The Libertarian Party of Texasin conjunction withThe Leonard Peikoff Foundation and REASON Magazinepresents:A Rock OperaFeaturing:TREY PARKER, vocals.  TED NUGENT, guitar.  PENN JILLETTE, bass.  NEAL PEART, drums. Act I, Part 1:  "No Reaso ...
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The Most Beautiful Fraud: Bride and Prejudice

The Most Beautiful Fraud:  <i>Bride and Prejudice</i>

2

Oct

2014

Some movies are impossible not to like. Despite your best efforts not to be suckered in, they have some elusive quality – a game cast, eye-catching design, or an indefatigable sense of energy – that win you over.Bride and Prejudice isn’t one of those movies. But it’s so, so close.Directed by the popular -- and popul ...
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No Harmon Asking

No Harmon Asking

28

Sep

2014

Dear Dan Harmon,Last night I had the unexpected opportunity to see Harmontown, the documentary film by Neil Berkeley that documented a whirlwind tour across the U.S. of your podcast of the same name.  The tour came after your notoriously well-publicized firing from Community, a show you created and which I consider one o ...
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