James Orbesen
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James Orbesen is the author of the forthcoming book Gud Dog: Examining Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely's We3, as well as a professor living in Chicago. His work has appeared in The Atlantic, Salon, Jacobin, Booklist, The New Humanism, Bookslut, TriQuarterly, and elsewhere.

Features // 5 Articles
Reviews // 30 Articles
Blogs // 3 Articles

Craven, Freddy, and That Dream in Your Head | 8 Sep 2015 // 9:02 PM

Wes Craven let Freddy Krueger into our world. With the director now departed, what remains of his monster in our minds?

Paul Verhoeven's Authenticity Came to Light at Chicago's Logan Arcade | 5 Jul 2015 // 10:04 PM

Some works by Paul Verhoeven, a director known for satire, were shown in an ironic setting this summer. The result was an earnestness soaked in blood.


'Houston, We Have A Narrative: Why Science Needs Story' -- Just Not This Story | 5 Oct 2015 // 9:05 PM

Houston, do we have a problem?

'Coin-Operated Americans' Tells of the Time When Arcades Took the Children of Displaced Workers | 30 Sep 2015 // 3:00 AM

America’s youth crowded arcades, deposited quarters, and saw a way out of the modern, productive industrial economy of the post-war US and into the postmodern, postindustrial consumer economy that we inhabit today.


Eight Films That Defied Their Low Budgets | 10 Sep 2015 // 5:27 AM

Money isn't everything, although in film making it counts for a lot. These eight films defy their minuscule budgets.

Eight Films That Didn't Deserve Their Initial Reception | 14 Jul 2015 // 4:56 AM

There are films that slipped through the cracks, not finding their stride upon release. Either these films baffled critics, were ignored by audiences, or became subjected to the whims of a cruel market.

//Mixed media

Incubus Flies High and Left of the Flock at the Santa Barbara Bowl

// Notes from the Road

"Brandon Boyd’s wide-ranging metaphysical interests have long given Incubus a deeper thematic subtext than many of their alt-rock peers, so it’s no wonder the band is approaching their 25th anniversary next year.

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