"GROSSE POINTE BLANK" IS AMORAL? Weird-o. I thought it was one of the most blatantly moral films of the 1990s. I mean, "have babies and stop killing people" doesn't seem hyper-subtle to me. It struck me as the funny, non-nihilist, sadder-but-wiser, and did I mention funny? version of "The Ice Storm." … [Read more...]

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THE NOVEMBER ISSUE OF CRISIS isn't online yet, but it's really good. Cover article on demonic activity by someone who initially regarded the assignment as a "spooky thrill," but found out it was much, much more intense than that. Very useful piece on Left Behind--don't get caught in the Rapture-mania. Also, I have a book review (of Amy Chua's World on Fire: How Exporting Free-Market Democracy Breeds Ethnic Hatred and Global Instability), and the always-acute Sandra Miesel has a guest column on … [Read more...]

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"CARNIVAL OF SOULS": An unofficial contribution to Sean Collins's "Thirteen Days of Halloween" series, in which he discusses his 13 favorite horror flicks."Carnival of Souls" is basically the distilled back-from-the-dead/"they don't know they're dead" movie. Carnival locale; disaffected protagonist; isolation (Kansas and Utah film sites helped with this, apparently); slow, draining, but engrossing pace; makeup for a generation of Siouxsie and Bauhaus fans. It's great, though, for two reasons: … [Read more...]

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Blogwatch-Man, Blogwatch-Man, He's your friendly neighborhood Blogwatch-Man....Krubner is back.Lawrence Solum: Very interesting post on Janice Brown, Lochner, and stuff. Via Los Volokh. Longtime readers know that I disagree with Prof. Solum about how much confirmation hearings should focus on "ideology" (I prefer the more confined term "jurisprudential philosophy"), but his posts are always illuminating.Sed Contra: Emmaus Ministries, helping male prostitutes get off the streets. Moving … [Read more...]

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"'I wish I lived here!' the little boy shouted, balancing with his knees clutched around the big one's head."'I'm goddam glad I don't,' the big boy panted, and jumped up to dislodge him."Powell sat without moving, without seeming to know that the other two were behind him, and looked straight ahead like a ghost sprung upright in his coffin. 'If this place was not here anymore,' he said, 'you would never have to think of it again.'" --Flannery O'Connor, "A Circle in the Fire" … [Read more...]

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SEE THE WHIRL: COMICS REVIEWS. Three this time:Cuckoo: Paperback collection of autobiographical comic about woman diagnosed w/dissociative identity disorder (multiple personalities). A good chunk of the book is taken from Cuckoo #12, the monthly-comic-sized thing I picked up at the Small Press Expo. The repetition was disappointing, especially since, weirdly, the print quality seemed much poorer in the paperback than in the comic book.I'm generally unsympathetic to autobiographical works. … [Read more...]

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SOMETIMES THEY COME BACK: The second installment of "Now and at the Hour," my short story about a future where people can be revived after death. You can read the story so far starting here, or just catch the latest bit here.Excerpt: "Caroline said it was a cheap excuse, but I still think the explosion at Imaginet is when our marriage started to go wrong. We joked about being married ''til death do us part--and after!' But it turned out to be easier to die with Caroline than to live with … [Read more...]

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