LOOK A HERO IN THE EYE: At first, I didn't quite know what to make of Motime Like the Present's call for an "eye-level aesthetic." And you know, I'm still not sure I grasp what he's saying. It seems like he's contrasting the "eye-level" view to both a "reverent" view of e.g. superheroic characters, and a "cynical" view. Let me riff just a little on these categories, and try to clarify what I would mean if I said what Motime says. Since our basic philosophies are really different, this may not be … [Read more...]


PALOMAR, MI PALOMAR: Your two Love and Rockets links of the day: Sean Collins wants to know how he can stop worrying and learn to love Los Bros. Hernandez. He's plowing through Music for Mechanics but finds it slow going. I can totally see that--I love M4M but I read it well after I'd already started to care about the characters. Sean's problem, really, is that he feels like he needs to read a series from the beginning in order to get into it, and L&R; starts slow and rusty.I can't rightly … [Read more...]


MISSING LINKS? Here's a roundup on the weekend's Iraq/Al Qaeda opining.The Weekly Standard piece, based on a memo from Douglas Feith, laying out the case that Saddam cuddled Osama like a five-year-old girl with a kitten (stuff in italics is from the Feith memo): "Reporting entries #4, #11, #15, #16, #17, and #18, from different sources, corroborate each other and provide confirmation of meetings between al Qaeda operatives and Iraqi intelligence in Afghanistan and Pakistan. None of the reports … [Read more...]


IT'S TIME TO PLAY THE MUSIC, IT'S TIME TO LIGHT THE LIGHTS: Today is the feast day of my patron saint, Elizabeth of Hungary! … [Read more...]


Youth culture watched my blog, And I don't think it's fair...Hit & Run: The rest of the world knows a lot more about American culture than we know about theirs. No duh, huh? Anyway, Tim Cavanaugh uses a quiz show to illustrate this basic truth, and adds a Somerset Maugham recommendation.Movie Palace: Good grief! Scads upon scads of reviews of old-time cinema gems. Via Motime Like the Present. … [Read more...]


NEW PLAY BY AESCHYLUS! I forget where I found this."Cyprus's national theater company, Thoc, plans a modern-day world premiere of Aeschylus's Trojan War story Achilles in Cyprus next summer. The play will then be performed in Cyprus and Greece."Scholars had believed the trilogy to be lost forever when the Library of Alexandria burned to ashes in 48 BC.'But in the last decades archaeologists found mummies in Egypt which were stuffed with papyrus, containing excerpts of the original plays … [Read more...]


"THERE ARE NO HAPPY ENDINGS--BECAUSE NOTHING ENDS": So I feel a bit odd about the histrionically anti-happy-endings post from Wednesday night. It's especially weird since my current story (first scene here!) actually does have what I consider to be a genuinely happy ending.So yeah, what the world needs now is love, sweet love... or something like it. … [Read more...]