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Great Movies With Terrible Sequels: Sequels so Bad Theyre Scary
Sometimes the most successful and acclaimed films are marked and marred by the absolutely worst sequels imaginable. [6.Mar.15]
Judging Comics by Their Covers: Comic Books, Text, Paratext and Context
Comics covers may not always reflect what's inside, but it's difficult to see covers as distinct from the books they adorn. [6.Mar.15]
Searching for Value in All the Wrong Places, Or How to Put Away Childish Things
More than fetishizing his prizes, the collector fetishizes his own obsessiveness and glorious blindness to the machinations of what non-collectors call “real life”. [5.Mar.15]
From Tehran to Tel Aviv: Of Crime and the Cities
Akashic Noir series continues to serve up delightful and disturbing gems that offer remarkable insights into the world’s great (and not-so-great) cities. [4.Mar.15]
The Upside of No-See Me: Invisibility and 'Buffy, the Vampire Slayer'
For Buffy, turning invisible allows her to indulge all her worst impulses; but in doing so, she realizes that she is not embracing life, but fleeing it. [3.Mar.15]
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