Monthly Archives: June 2012

Douglas Wolk on Spider-Man

In his book Reading Comics: How Graphic Novels Work and What They Mean, comics critic Douglas Wolk made some interesting observations about one of my favorite Spider-Man stories, and the character’s appeal. Curiously, though, even some great characters’ creators sometimes … Continue reading

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Veepstakes Continued…

There are a handful of politicos who have been mentioned as potential Romney running mates, who weren’t included in my earlier lists. There is no indication that Romney is considering any of these people. But if the history of Republican … Continue reading

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The Avengers in Estonia

Once again, I feel obligated to mention any references to Estonia in Pop Culture. The latest issue of Avengers VS X-Men, Marvel’s big crossover, features a brief sequence in Estonia as the Avengers fought the Electric Legion, before the battle … Continue reading

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Pawlenty the Un-Palin

Current scuttlebutt is that Tim Pawlenty is currently the Romney campaign’s top choice for running mate. Pawlenty had previously been on the short list in 2008, when McCain decided to go for Sarah Palin instead, At that time, the campaign … Continue reading

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On Reading 25 of The Best Short Stories Ever

Recently, I came across a list of the 200 greatest short stories. I did the obvious thing and went through the anthologies in my house, reading a lot of the short stories. Some thoughts, mostly in the order in which I … Continue reading

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Time Capsule: Christopher Hitchens on the 2004 Democratic Presidential Primary

This piece for Slate isn’t particularly relevant to anything in the news right now, but I just came across it and thought it was interesting. It’s worth looking at what the late  Christopher Hitchens got right and what he got … Continue reading

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Alan Scott and Gay Marriage

The new Earth 2 version of Green Lantern was revealed to be gay. As is the case with many DC superheroes, the history of the character is a bit convoluted. Alan Scott was the first Green Lantern, introduced in 1940. The … Continue reading

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Three-Act Structure 3.2 Negation of the Negation

In Story, McKee suggests that an advantage of three-act structure is that it allows a film to explore the many facets of a topic. The simplest aspect is the contradictory, “the direct opposite of the positive.” (319) There is also … Continue reading

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Obama and Executive Experience

Republicans have focused a lot on executive experience during the presidential campaign. It was often mentioned in the primary, as GOP Governors explained their support for Mitt Romney while Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum and Ron Paul were still in the … Continue reading

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Three-Act Structure 3.1: The Exile’s Return

In myth, the third act would be when Jason comes home with the golden fleece. As Campbell writes in The Hero With a Thousand Faces “The first problem of the returning hero is to accept as real, after an experience of … Continue reading

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