POPE INNOCENT III ACTION FIGURE. Too bad the Latin on the scroll ("Hohenstaufens, kiss my @#$!") is apparently mistranslated. Nonetheless, fun stuff. … [Read more...]


Kermit and Fozzy: Movin' right along, footloose and fancy free. Fozzy: You're ready for the blogwatch! Kermit: Is it ready for me?Church of the Masses: Rave review of "Big Fish," and a question: Why are the good movies lately all wet?Permanent Damage: Interesting column on the difference between reviewing and criticism. Obviously, the lines are much blurrier than this, but his basic distinction interests me: "The purpose of reviews is to tell the consumer how to spend their money. ...The way … [Read more...]


WHY I WILL NEVER GO TO GRADUATE SCHOOL: Ratty sent me this quote from a book she has to read, Mieke Bal's Narratology: Introduction to the Theory of Narrative (2nd edition): "Narratology studies narrative texts only in so far as they are narrative; in other words, in their narrativity." … [Read more...]


"And sorrow flows not from the absence of those good things we have never yet experienced but from the loss of those to which we have been accustomed." --Pericles, "Funeral Oration" … [Read more...]


THE BOOK OF RATINGS. Rates everything from danger symbols (Flammable: "It's kind of similar to the old Campfire Girls symbol, but Campfire Girls are flammable, so that's okay. It's just kind of...boring. At best, it makes me crave s'mores. I think what it needs is a guy suffering") to--hilariously--state quarters (Arkansas: "Rice. A diamond. A duck. A lake. I feel like the Arkansas quarter shows the possible answers to some demented multiple choice question the Devil keeps in his @#$"). I have … [Read more...]


PAPER ROCKETSHIPS, INK-DARK MOONS: Comics reviews.In which we see how little comic books have in common with one another! Medium is not genre. But if you're reading this post, you probably already know that.Junji Ito, Uzumaki vols. 2 and 3. Here's my rave review of Uzumaki vol. 1, the killer-spiral comic. Here's Bruce Baugh's take on the series. I'm less positive about the later two volumes than he is; I didn't think the story wrapped up well. The ending seemed to me to go on too long and … [Read more...]


JOHNNY OF THE CROSS: First Things on the Man in Black. Via Amy Welborn. … [Read more...]