In 2069, The Beatles’ Songs Will Be Children’s Nursery Rhymes

Psychology professor Daniel J. Levitin on the music of the Beatles: A hundred years from now, musicologists say, Beatles songs will be so well known that every child will learn them as nursery rhymes, and most people won’t know who wrote them. They will have become sufficiently entrenched in popular culture that it will seem [Read More…]

Dothraki Beats Out Yiddish

Weird fact of the week: Dothraki, the language spoken by a race of pseudo-Mongol nomadic warriors in the HBO series “Game of Thrones”, is now heard by more people each week than Yiddish, Navajo, Inuit, Basque, and Welsh combined. [Read more…]

Batman v. Spider-Man

Which is the greater hero, Batman or Spider-Man? Travis D. Smith considers their merits: Batman seems rather to incarnate the willful modern project to end suffering by using reason to gain mastery over all things. Batman wages war against disorder in the cosmos as represented by the microcosm of Gotham City, a chaotic polis just [Read More…]

Every Character in Winnie the Pooh Represents a Common Mental Disorder

From Flavorwire’s list of conspiracy theories about classic literary characters: In 2000, the Canadian Medical Association Journal published an article diagnosing the denizens of the Hundred Acre Wood with psychiatric disorders. “On the surface it is an innocent world,” the article begins, “but on closer examination by our group of experts we find a forest where neurodevelopmental [Read More…]

What Postmodern Ninja-Messiah Figures Fight For

The Catholic literary journal Dappled Things has an interesting interview with the critically-acclaimed science fiction writer (and Catholic convert from atheism) John C. Wright: Where films depart from the rules of objective moral order, they become merely silly. For example, there is a simply absurd scene in the thirdMatrix movie (I forget the name—Matrix Revisited? Matrix Rehashed? Matrix Regurgitated? Something like [Read More…]

50 Memorable (But Obscure) Movie Quotes

“Great movie quotes become part of our cultural vocabulary,” said American Film Institute director Jean Picker Firstenberg as he unveiled AFI’S 100 Years…100 Movie Quotes: America’s Greatest Quips, Comebacks and Catchphrases. The AFI list is as comprehensive as it is dull; a mix of the classic (“Here’s looking at you, kid.”), the banal (“I feel [Read More…]

What You Get When You Combine ESPN and The Princess Bride

From the “Things That Go Great Together” file, the hosts of ESPN NFL Kickoff combine two of America’s greatest achievements—NFL football and The Princess Bride. (Via: Kottke) [Read more…]

Why Indiana Jones Was Denied Tenure

Indiana Jones may be the greatest adventurer of all time, but as a professor he fails to impress the tenure committee at Marshall College: Demonstrates suitable experience and expertise in chosen field: The committee concurred that Dr. Jones does seem to possess a nearly superhuman breadth of linguistic knowledge and an uncanny familiarity with the [Read More…]

Reflections on the Revolution in Gotham: Of Burke and Batman

Sean Beienburg argues that The Dark Knight Rises reflects director Christopher Nolan’s Burkean sensibilities: Less apparent than the striking images are these skeptical, quintessentially British political mores that the Nolan brothers—despite Jonah’s American accent—have infused into their trilogy. Critic Devin Faraci writes that Nolan embraces the “central thesis that institutions will fail us again and again… But [Read More…]

A Scholarly Critique of Gilligan’s Island

Almost every American who owned a television from the late 1960s to the early 1980s has watched an episode of Gilligan’s Island. And if you were a child during that era—in a time before cable and console video games—you probably watched all 98 episodes more than once. It shames me to consider it now, but I [Read More…]