Call for Essays About Any Aspect of Popular Culture, Present or Past

John G. Nettles


Monday, February 14 2005

"A Salesman Is Got to Dream": Arthur Miller (1915-2005)

Arthur Miller stood against them all with the righteous outrage of the individual with both eyes open.

Sunday, January 23 2005

Funny with Class: Johnny Carson, 1925-2005

It was Carson's personal barometer for value that shaped pop cultural tastes, and in many ways continues to do so. Carson knew what was funny, and he knew how important funny was in difficult times. And he did funny with class.

Monday, January 3 2005

Testament to His Craft: Jerry Orbach, 1935-2004

In the midst of the flash and cacophony issuing from the Idiot Box, Jerry Orbach emerged as a singular talent, his work an oasis of depth and humanity.

Thursday, March 27 2003

Making the World Safe for Plutocracy

Even the most casual look at the profit motive behind the war against Iraq is appalling in its brutal logic.

Tuesday, March 5 2002

Oh, what heights...: Chuck Jones [1912-2002]

During the 20-plus years he spent making cartoons for Warners, alongside such other luminaries as Fred 'Tex' Avery and Bob Clampett, Jones left an indelible mark on popular culture.


Monday, May 1 2006

Delicatessen (1992)

There is always something to look at in this film, even in the unsavory parts.

Tuesday, March 28 2006

The Ten Commandments (50th Anniversary Edition) (1956)

It is the role that would provide Charlton Heston with fame, fortune, and the authoritative persona he now uses to convince people that hunting squirrels with AK-47s is not just a right but a duty.

Wednesday, February 15 2006

Ferris Bueller's Day Off: Bueller Bueller Edition (1986)

Call us the Breakfast Club Generation. We are all Molly Ringwald.

Wednesday, December 14 2005

Horatio Hornblower: Collector's Edition

One wishes that the creators of the series had stuck more to the spirit of the Hornblower books than the letter, but Forester's fans are in their own way as rabid as Tolkien's or J.K. Rowling's, and they must be appeased.

Trekkies 2 (2004) [29.Aug.04]
3-Way (2004) [27.Jun.04]
Tabu (1931) [2.Nov.02]
X-Men: Evolution [31.Dec.94]
Rocket Power [31.Dec.94]
ER [31.Dec.94]
Friends [31.Dec.94]
Beowulf (1999) [31.Dec.94]


Thursday, August 28 2008

Confessions of a Craphound

Friday, August 8 2008

The Joys of Danger

Friday, July 18 2008

Sympathy for the Devil...

Thursday, July 3 2008


Thursday, June 19 2008

(Tough)Loving the Alien

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