Gender Specificity and the Wonders of Brotherhood


In the first 14+ years of the Susanka Horde’s adventurous existence, we have had little-to-no use for feminine pronouns. That’s not a misogynistic tendency (I hope); it’s just a practical fact. My wife is “Mama” to the boys and “Sarah” to me. Never “She.” Likewise, the various other feminine influences in/on the boys’ lives have nearly always been discussed [Read More...]

Summa Shorts: “Space Cat HOB”


Today’s short didn’t catch my interest for its strong story sense. In fact, it feels more like a catchy snippet lifted from a much larger story than a self-contained offering. It caught my attention because it’s a fantastic adventure in world-building. And because it’s incredibly vibrant (especially in terms of its colors). And because it was made “without money” [Read More...]

Streaming Suggestion: “The Ghost and Mrs. Muir”


My dear, since Eve picked the apple, no woman ‘s ever been taken entirely unawares. I tend to be less critical of Netflix Instant’s selection than many of my friends and compatriots because I like obscure and foreign stuff — Aspiring Snob, remember? — and I have gradually moved away from high-profile releases and blockbusters in [Read More...]

Who Needs Words, Anyway?

Lake Wakatipu, New Zealand -- Photograph by Brad Grove

You know how they say a picture is worth a thousand words? Well, this one feels like it’s worth more than a thousand, to me. Way more. (Priceless, really. Just stunning.) Via “National Geographic’s” Photo of the Day (almost exactly one year ago): Trees stand like guardians at the top of Lake Wakatipu on New Zealand’s South [Read More...]

The Weird and Wonderful in the Midst of the Mundane


I’ve been involved with institutions of higher education for most of my adult life. (Actually, higher education has been a near-constant presence in my life, adult and no. Which might explain a lot. Keep moving.) As someone who has been thus involved, my weeks/months/years are almost entirely governed by the peculiar rhythms of academia — [Read More...]

A Scarry Podcast Experience; Richard, That Is


A few weeks ago, I was listening to a podcast — the particular podcast in question shall remain nameless in an effort to protect the innocent but *cough, cough* PCHH — and one of the show’s contributors brought up Richard Scarry. And then had to explain who he was to her audience, because they (apparently) had [Read More...]

Summa Shorts: “Lambert the Sheepish Lion”


Since I’ve had repetitive music on my mind of late, I decided to dip back into my childhood to pull out one of the most instantly-recognizable motifs I’ve ever had floating around in my head: The opening 7 notes of Disney’s 1952 classic, Lambert the Sheepish Lion. A couple of seconds is all it takes, though, so be careful. [Read More...]

Streaming Suggestion: “Rashomon”


I could easily imagine myself recommending today’s film for no other reason than the torrential brilliance of its opening scene. Or the otherworldly effectiveness of its “Medium Sequence,” which is just about the most terrifying thing I’ve ever seen. Heck, I could even imagine myself recommending it for nothing more than the stylistic way it simultaneously mimics and enhances its [Read More...]

“Miserere” by Henryk Górecki


In the past, I have written about the terrible tragedy memorialized today. As the years pass, though, I find myself less and less inclined to do so. Not because the day’s events have faded from my memory or because they seem somehow less significant today than they did then, but because my words seems increasingly faded and insignificant in [Read More...]

The Science Behind Repetitive Music


Extreme susceptibility to earworms is a fact of life for me. As it is for most of us, I suspect. Just something we’ve come to accept without why or wherefore. Now, though, I’ve got a bit of a scientific account to help explain their constant presence. And if this little TED tidbit from Dr. Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis [Read More...]