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Wednesday, July 17 2013

What’s in a Pseudonym? J. K. Rowling Unmasked

Why would as popular an author as J.K. Rowling feel the need or desire to publish under a different name?


Wednesday, June 19 2013

Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy, Revisited: ‘Little Women: An Annotated Edition’

I was a child who lived largely in books. I fell into this latest edition of Little Women with the same old joy, balancing Shealy’s ungainly volume in my lap, oblivious to the hockey playoffs blaring in the background.


Wednesday, May 8 2013

When Everything Changed: Memory, Nostalgia and the Tragic Turning Point

Popular culture creates its own nostalgic image of a time period that is both fact and fiction. When combined with the shaky foundations of our own memories, who can really tell what happened? How will pop culture translate the tragic events of today?


Wednesday, July 25 2012

In Film (and All Art) Bold is Beautiful; Boring Isn’t

I can't be a movie theatre zombie. I can't just sit there and accept average. I want a film to swell up some sort of feelings, make me question what I’ve seen, think about things on a larger scale or go for a far flung freaking mind trip.


Monday, August 22 2011

‘The Magician King’: Harry Potter, Quentin Ain’t

Lev Grossman crafts an exciting homage, but a profoundly unlikable protagonist stands in its way.


Wednesday, August 17 2011

‘Ghost Story’: Harry Dresden Is a Detective, a Magician, a Ghost

In life and death, in any examination of the past, there is regret; for loss, for suffering, for pain and failure. Here, Harry Dresden comes to terms with why he is who and what he is.


Tuesday, July 26 2011

Sherlockians, Whovians, Woodies: Summer is the Season for Cinematic Tourists

Each summer they descend upon London en masse. Who are these cinematic tourists, and why do they travel thousands of miles to see where real or fictitious people enacted the stories that captured fans’ imagination?


In ‘Bastion’, Narrative’s Stranglehold on Life and Death Is “Jus’ Foolin’” with You

Bastion's narration establishes a suitably oppressive mood that is as richly textured as the game's visuals.


Monday, July 25 2011

Harry Potter’s wand won’t conjure an Oscar win


Wednesday, July 20 2011

Wizards, Glass, and Computer Chips: What ‘The Dark Tower’ Can Teach Us About Gaming’s Fourth Wall

A few idiosyncratic passages from the cult classic series by Stephen King may have a lot to say about ludic point-of-view.


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Ray Bradbury Wrote Me Back (Features) [1.Nov.10]
The Word Made Flesh: Chronicling The Unwritten (Graphic Novelties) [8.Feb.10]
The Stand: American Nightmares (Consuming Consumables) [17.Dec.09]
Fighting the Flu (Columns) [3.May.09]
Midnight Picnic by Nick Antosca (Reviews) [9.Feb.09]
Britney Spears: Circus (Reviews) [9.Dec.08]
We Are Wizards (Reviews) [17.Nov.08]
The Graphic Report: Summer Edition (Re:Print) [11.Aug.08]
Broomsticks for Boomsticks (Moving Pixels) [18.Mar.08]
Standing by Stephen King (Columns) [4.Mar.08]
Duma Key by Stephen King (Reviews) [3.Mar.08]
Slipped Discs 2007 (Features) [22.Jan.08]
Bruce Springsteen: Magic (Reviews) [30.Sep.07]
On spoilers (Sources Say) [23.Jul.07]
Classic Harry (Features) [19.Jul.07]
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