The Banality of Amorality: An Essay On the Hobbit

So here we are: The Hobbit is officially out. I haven’t seen it yet, but the hour draws nigh. I can’t wait. I recently saw a few films that reminded me of the power of Tolkien’s tale, which traffics in good and evil and other such outmoded concepts. It’s nuanced, but it’s stubbornly traditional in [Read More...]

The Link 10.30.09: The Swell Season, the World’s Best Dunker, and Anti-Heroes

A number of fun things for your Internet consumption today. 1. Have you heard of The Swell Season?  It’s the duo that produced the film “Once.” Excellent music.  You can stream most of the cd online. 2. You read this blog, so you know that I can’t resist a good dunk every now and then.  [Read More...]


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