Greg Carpenter has a Ph.D. in English and has taught classes in a variety of subjects, including Comics, American Literature, Creative Writing, and Shakespeare. He has published essays on Neil Gaiman, Grant Morrison, Alan Moore, August Wilson, Tennessee Williams, and Eric Bogosian, among others. He currently teaches at a university in Nashville and is writing a book on comics to be published by Sequart. You can follow him on Twitter @tgregcarpenter.
Thursday, July 28 2011
Grant Morrison’s ability to make connections between seemingly humdrum events and grandiose ideas becomes infectious. Reading Supergods and immersing in his ideas gives one as much kick as a radioactive spider bite.
Thursday, December 23 2010
The TV versions of Rudolph, Santa, and Frosty are chaotic, freewheeling, and anarchic -- closer in spirit to Heath Ledger's Joker than to Bing Crosby's Father O'Malley.
Thursday, December 15 2011
As "Bill" explores the meaninglessness of celebrity, "Shatner" embraces the shallow and the superficial like an Andy Warhol soup can come to life.
Monday, October 25 2010
In a conversation with Jerry Robinson, the man who created the Joker, we learn he is much like the superheroes with which he will forever be identified; his career reflects a lifetime of pushing boundaries, challenging conventions, and fighting for artistic integrity.
Sunday, June 9 2013
The best-written book of Neil Gaiman’s career is focused, lyrical, and profoundly perceptive in its exploration of childhood and memory, and it’s also quite frightening—like one of Truman Capote’s holiday stories by way of Stephen King.
Monday, September 10 2012
For readers with only a cursory understanding of Western philosophy, this book might seem intimidating, but there's no need for worry. When the primary philosophers on call are Plato, Descartes, Nietzsche, and Sartre, it’s pretty clear we’re only coloring out of the Crayola box of eight.
Tuesday, June 12 2012
Since nothing kills street cred like unsolicited love from the establishment, news of a collection of scholarly essays on Bruce Springsteen might provoke skepticism, even fear. It needn’t. As awkward shows of affection go, this one is actually pretty good.
Thursday, March 8 2012
The Sandman takes readers through the kingdom of dreams, and Neil Gaiman, like a magnificently deranged Gnostic tour guide, spends as much time off-road, exploring the diversions, back roads, dives, and alleyways of his story, as he spends on the main highway.
Monday, October 31 2011
Even though a contemporary eye can find both amusing and offensive stereotypes in many of these comics, compared to the nadir of TV's “Ghetto Man”, they seem like they could have been written by Ralph Ellison.