13:24: A Gripping Thriller About Religiously Justified Child Abuse

This is a guest post by George Waye of the blog Misplaced Grace. This post is a book review of M. Dolon Hickmon’s novel 13:24: A Story of Faith and Obsession. “….Satan’s greatest trick wasn’t making people think he didn’t exist–it was convincing Christians that he couldn’t speak from the pulpit.” This realization, offered as the wisdom [Read More...]

Green Day’s Dookie Turns 20, I Turn Nostalgic

February 1, 1994 Green Day released their classic album Dookie. Before going any further, ’70s punk fans are among the most sanctimonious purists and moralists in all of music, rivaling even the worst religious people in their self-righteousness, so if they show up in the comments section decrying the abomination of Green Day’s mainstream power [Read More...]

Wolverine Wolverine Wolverine

3 hilarious parody videos of Wolverine. [Read more...]

Obi-Dan Finckobi (and other photoshops and star wars things)

Obi-Dan Finckobi Close Up

In this post, I round up some fun photoshops of me friends have done, link you to a cache of photos of me you can use to make your own, and link you to two Star Wars posts from Camels With Hammers that I am particularly proud of. [Read more...]

Why Anakin’s Conversion To The Dark Side Made Sense

Obi-Dan Finckobi Close Up

James Gray considers Anakin Skywalker’s conversion to the Dark Side unconvincing. He wanted more Hobbesian philosophy like is implied in the original trilogy. Such thinking is presented as part of Anakin’s view on the world, in episode II at least when Anakin and Natalie Portman are frolicking in the meadow and they have an unusually artfully scripted [Read More...]

Fifty Shades of Grey Related to the Ethics of Romanticizing Abusiveness for the Sake of Fantasy

According to Laci Green, the book Fifty Shades of Grey celebrates an abusive relationship rather than healthy BDSM practices. This raises many questions for me about the ethics of art that eroticizes literal abusiveness. Is it bad in itself to enjoy the idea of abusiveness? Is it bad only if it creates, contributes to, or reinforces unhealthy attitudes, whether in oneself or in one’s broader culture? Can we indulge our dark sides at all morally through roleplaying? Can we indulge them even more in art than even through roleplaying? I have lots of questions. I need Your Thoughts. [Read more...]

The Muppet Theory of Personality

First, an epically great study in psychology from Kermit The Frog and Cookie Monster: With this in mind, check out Dahlia Lithwick’s sketch of a groundbreaking new schema for classifying personalities: Chaos Muppets are out-of-control, emotional, volatile. They tend toward the blue and fuzzy. They make their way through life in a swirling maelstrom of food crumbs, [Read More...]

Muppets Depicting Classic Stories

In recent years there have been beautiful looking graphic novels which give classic stories a muppet twist. Below is some of the gorgeous work of artist David Petersen related to these projects. See here for many more of his prints (both muppet and otherwise). Many thanks to Andrew Tripp for the heads up. [Read more...]

Good Humored Rivals

As a Nietzschean there is a soft spot in my heart for mutually admiring rivals. I’m not much of a fan of Ryan Seacrest and I haven’t watched The Today Show even once that I can remember since I was in high school. But I enjoyed watching this interview in which Matt Lauer and Ryan [Read More...]


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