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Monday, Feb 1, 2010

At first glance, two of the at least half dozen works that share the title “Life During Wartime” bear almost no resemblance to each other.


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Sunday, Jan 31, 2010
John Cale's

John Cale’s “Sanities” Lyrics Provide
Inspiration for the Title of This Blog Post


“Journalism is just a gun. It’s only got one bullet in it, but if you aim right, that’s all you need. Aim it right, and you can blow a kneecap off the world.”
—Warren Ellis, Transmetropolitan


Right now, outside of Kabul, a young man has just had his kneecap shattered by a flying bullet, fired at him by another young man who doesn’t know they share the same favorite poet and that the two would become fast friends if they met in other circumstances. Neither one yet knows that the injured man will never walk again, and will probably need to have his leg amputated, lest he contract gangrene.


In London, a young woman has been caught on camera exchanging an envelope for money and is about to be arrested by undercover police officers from Leeds on suspicion of drug-dealing. The arresting officers do not yet know that she is actually an undercover Interpol agent whose cover they have just blown.


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Friday, Jan 29, 2010

It is iPod culture writ large.


As a medium (both in the sense of narrative technique, and physical material on which the story is printed), comics has always been highly mobile. Much more so than television, cinema, or even novels.


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Thursday, Jan 28, 2010

One of the all-time classic noir films, Jacques Tourneur’s Out of the Past tells the story of a retired hoodlum forced to leave his self-imposed exile in the Nevada desert to do one more job for a mob boss: find the gangster’s missing girlfriend.


Robert Mitchum gives one of his defining performances as the hoodlum, and his character narrates the film. When he finds the girlfriend, played by Jane Greer, he falls for her (of course), and for a time they try to hide out in Mexico.


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Wednesday, Jan 27, 2010
It is impossible to deny the impact that Jim Lee and Chris Claremont had on the X-Men universe. What they accomplished gave the X-Men more attention than ever before in pop culture.

It is impossible to deny the impact that Jim Lee and Chris Claremont had on the X-Men universe. The first story arc of this new series redefined the X-Men, as seen by the public eye. The characters designed by Lee and brought to life by Claremont’s writing were shoved to the forefront of pop culture. All of the X-Men cartoons, action figures, and video games of the time were based on these specific characters. The first action figure I ever got as a child was Cyclops (Toy Biz 1991). However, when the X-Men animated series came out, I was disappointed that my Cyclops figure did not match the one on T.V. I quickly got over it, but never quite loved my Cyclops figure as much as I did before the cartoon came out. Luckily, years later I was able to get the newer Cyclops, (Toy Biz 1993) that looked like the one from the cartoon. And all was right with the world.


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