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C.E. McAuley


Sunday, June 9 2013

When the Music's Over: Oliver Stone's Tribute to Excess and the God of Rock

"There are things known. There are things unknown. And in between are the Doors."

Tuesday, May 21 2013

In Defense of Star Trek

Who will defend the future from J.J. Abrams... and his fans?

Tuesday, January 29 2013

The Beatification of Philip K. Dick

Fueled by his science fiction work, by his mystical aura and his growing legend, the cult of Philip K. Dick continues to expand.

Monday, September 5 2011

Next Stop: Marijuanaland

Inside the making of Jonah Raskin’s journey through California’s Emerald Triangle -- one of the main fronts of the global drug war. Raskin not only describes himself as a chronicler of marijuana, but also a smoker who has a medical marijuana card.

Tuesday, May 3 2011

Allen Ginsberg Didn’t Say That: A Conversation on the Film 'Howl'

C.E. McAuley and friends get wordy about Allen Ginsberg, Howl, and the release of the film now on DVD.


Monday, February 4 2013

Yo-Yo Ma: 26 January 2013 - Rohnert Park, CA

His recent performance in Weill Hall at the Green Music Center in Rohnert Park, California, hailed as the new cultural center for music on the West Coast, was no goat rodeo - it was Yo-Yo Ma at his best.

Wednesday, June 9 2010

War of the Supermen #1-4

Writer James Robinson proves himself an indispensable talent, and offers a severe meditation on genocide, and redemption in telling the tale of the '100 Minute War'.

Monday, May 31 2010

Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne #1

Despite the transparent nature of his 'death' at the end of Final Crisis, Bruce Wayne 'returns' to the DCU just as expected.

Monday, November 16 2009


New Batgirl does not rise to iconic status.


Thursday, March 28 2013

To Write or Not to Write About Sex Clowns?

Wherein our writer contemplates entering someone else’s world and stealing their greasepaint covered soul -- just for a byline.

Wednesday, June 23 2010

Missed Directions Swansong: Sometimes They Shine

These literary staples, these superheroes and their fictions, sometimes they are Missed Directions and Sometimes They Shine...

Wednesday, June 16 2010

Missed Directions: The Good Kind of ‘Legionnaires’

Guess Who Just Got Back Today: The Legion of Super-Heroes returns in epic style to the publication lists of DC, with legendary writer Paul Levitz once more at the helm.

Wednesday, June 9 2010

Missed Directions: Don’t Walk Toward the Light

The reality of reading "Brightest Day"? I can’t bring myself to emotionally invest in the characters. Why? Because when a character is killed off in a fictional universe it should mean something.

Wednesday, June 2 2010

Missed Directions: Summer of DCU Love

Here comes the Summer, filled with all kinds of DCU goodies. And some Missed Directions

Missed Directions: Small-Ville, Big Run (Graphic Novelties) [12.May.10]
Missed Directions: Bat-Bedazzled Broadway (Graphic Novelties) [5.May.10]
Missed Directions: MPGPD Awareness Week (Graphic Novelties) [18.Apr.10]
Missed Directions: The Dork Knight Returns (Graphic Novelties) [14.Apr.10]
Missed Directions: Superhero Fatigue (Graphic Novelties) [17.Mar.10]
Missed Directions: Going For Gold (Graphic Novelties) [10.Feb.10]
Missed Directions: The Return of Bruce Wayne (Graphic Novelties) [5.Jan.10]
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