Because the blog Belongs to watchers...Motime Like the Present: His thesis statement on Silver Age Marvel comics and the Puritan legacy. Also something about same-sex marriage, of which more in the next post.Both Sean Collins and Journalista! read my revenge-tragedies/superhero-comics post below as a brief in favor of superheroic conventions.I see why they thought that, but it's not totally accurate. Some of the conventions exist because they help stories work, or they symbolize something … [Read more...]

My heart is by dejection, clay, And by selfe-murder, red. From this red earth, O Father, purge away All vicious tinctures, that new fashioned I may rise up from death, before I'm dead. --John Donne, from "The Litanie: The Father" … [Read more...]

OH NO YOU DID NOT. "Batman Draped in Thai Silk." "Sita Being Abducted by Superman." "Darth Maul (from Star Wars I) with Thai Headdress." "Spiderman and Maiyarap (King of the Underworld)."All this and more, at Jirapat Tasanasomboon Artwork. Good to know that globalization has brought "It's not kitsch, it's pop art!" to Thailand. Truly, we are a world connected.Via Polytropos. … [Read more...]

I AM SO HUNGRY!!!!! About to cook and eat food. Here's what's on the blog, below: A post about superhero comic conventions and revenge-tragedy conventions and writerly inspiration. Five posts about same-sex marriage, part of a series I'll be doing this week and maybe part of next week: friendship, masculinity, my basic position, three types of argument, and the setup of the series. Poetry Wednesday. And the last segment of "What You Can Do for Your Country." It's a big pinata full of bloggy … [Read more...]

SUPERHERO COMICS AND THE SPANISH TRAGEDY. This past summer I had a terrific surge of fiction-writing energy, after a long spell of torpor. I'm still working on lots of fun stories, and I love it. So much more fun than journalism! I've had a host of ideas that I really like, jumping-off points for stories. Right now I've got two rough drafts done, two mostly-done, and seven in various stages of draft or notes. This is wildly exciting, given that until this summer I hadn't actually finished a work … [Read more...]

SSM: FRIENDSHIP. This is the last SSM post for today. Like I said in the "setup" post below, today's posts are long. None of the later posts will be as long as these--they'll be paring knives, not broadswords.So: Why do I keep talking about friendship when I talk about same-sex marriage?Unqualified Offerings, in an understandable but way off-base interpretation, writes, "Eve says, 'marriage is not friendship' and 'marriage is about sex,' but this is only relevant if she is also saying, sotto … [Read more...]

SSM: BOYZ II MEN. Another long piece, about how making marriage unisex will change the male quest for masculinity:A good friend tells this story from his college days: He and several guy friends were drinking pitchers of beer in a local bar. They had one too many, and the leader of their intrepid band devised a challenge. Hoisting his glass, he declared, "Whosoever is a man will bang his head on this table three times!"You can guess what happened next: All the heads around the table went … [Read more...]