IS THAT YOUR REAL MASK?: Ampersand posts on a subject that forms the major theme of the short story I'm blogging: gender or sexual identity. He links to a post that separates out six categories of identity.This post reminded me, actually, of Mommentary's post about the literary characters with whom we've fallen in love. I found it genuinely hard to distinguish between characters I'd fallen for and characters with whom I'd identified. (I'm a narcissist, I guess...!) Grantaire is more an … [Read more...]

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"GHOSTS OF THE ABYSS": Just saw my first IMAX movie, a documentary on the exploration of the wreckage of the Titanic. (Yes, this is more of my haunted-ship thing.) I don't know how many movies I'd want to see on IMAX, but this one--with the waves crashing and the soft bacteria stalactites swaying right in your face--was wonderful. An unsubtle but nonetheless poignant picture about disaster; the human drive for the horizon, conquest, and test-your-strength machines; and our restless, … [Read more...]

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And the mawkish monsignor, With a head full of plaster, Says, "My man, get your vile soul blogwatched!"...Alan David Doane: Why you should read Palomar. Absolutely.Britius: St. Martin of Tours on St. Bryce (Britius): "If Christ could tolerate Judas, surely I can put up with Bryce." I love saints.Diotima: How do you decide whom to marry?The Old Oligarch: Male headship. EDITED TO ADD: A rejoinder from Mommentary.Sursum Corda: Learning masculinity from one's father. Moving.Tacitus: He … [Read more...]

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"Electro! This sensational super-powered criminal became an instant sensation when he first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man #9! And now he returns, more sinister than ever, to face another mighty Marvel super hero... and this, the thrilling account of their epic battle, may well be remembered as long as literature endures!!" --Who could it be but Stan Lee? From "Daredevil #2: The Evil Menace of Electro!" … [Read more...]

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OF WHICH REASON KNOWS NOTHING: OK, so I thought I was being all irenic (with an "e") when I avoided naming names in my diss of Reason's recent cultural coverage. But actually, the more I think about it, the more I realize my comments were unclear and thereby insulting to writers I like a lot.So here's the thing: I really, really like Reason when it's not trying to impress me. I love reading Virginia Postrel, Jesse Walker, Charles Freund, Matt Welch, Julian Sanchez, and Ron Bailey--even though … [Read more...]

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THE CITY OF ANGELS, THE HOLY WOOD: Heard Barbara Nicolosi, of ActOne: Christians Writing for Hollywood and the Church of the Masses blog, speak at the America's Future Foundation tonight. She's a sharp little Sicilian stiletto! Here are some scattered thoughts from a very fun talk:She said her organization was working on a credo, based in Christianity but translatable into Aristotle, for artists. She gave us five points of the credo, all of which I thought were great:1) Sacramentality: … [Read more...]

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SOAP OPERA SUPERHEROES: Forager23 is talking about the X-Men, which has prompted me to do my planned post about Chris Claremont--the good, the bad, and the ugly.The Good: If you like the X-Men, you pretty much have to give this guy props. He made them popular, he created characters that still resonate (Rogue, Wolverine [yeah, I know, but the basic idea is pretty good], Storm, Nightcrawler--yes, I did get into this stuff through the X-movies, why do you ask?) and deepened older characters.He … [Read more...]

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