… it’s not actually about Alexander the Great, but some nonsense tertially related to Alexander the Great. Normally I like Crash Course, because it doesn’t take itself too seriously and usually provides some kind of interesting take on historical events. But this one is trying so hard to be Woke that it ends up saying… Read More This Crash Course is the Last Christmas of Alexander the Great YouTube Videos…
For reasons that will probably be clear in retrospect, I have begun listening to the Doors again recently, especially their final album. The popular wisdom has it that L.A. Woman, despite having the worst of all the band’s album covers, was a powerful comeback that ranks among their best. Which, considering they only had six,… Read More The Lord is a New Creature – On Jim Morrison’s Poetry
I mentioned this absurdity in passing at the end of my warning about Velma. Yes, they really made a Winnie-the-Pooh horror film. Yes, it really is terrible. Yes, people went to see it anyway. Not many, people, but enough for that precious YouTube content. And here we are, hate-watching, because the inversion of entertainment that… Read More What if Winnie the Pooh Killed People?
This begins Volume 8. It can be accessed in the following ways: Sure, but what’s in the thing? Glad you asked! We talked about it in the most reason episode of the Shallow & Pedantic Podcast: Happy reading, y’all.
If you’ve spent any time observing NFL games over the past several decades, you have observed the Zebra Uncertainty Principle: the total inability of an observer to tell how the black-and-white stripers are going to make a call. Everyone has stared dumbfounded at their television while obvious things had been determined not to occur, either… Read More Football is Wrestling
Planetary Romance and old-school Sci/Fi is enjoying something of a renaissance in the indie publishing world. There is talk of such things as the Pulp Revolution. I support these things. Pulp is a wonderfully engrossing form of entertainment, relying on two things: If you get the characters and the structure right, you can make up… Read More Broadswords and Blasters Gives us “Futures That Never Were”
There are few things on this earth worth caring about less than Scooby-Doo. As mentioned on the Twitter, Scooby-Doo is entertainment for bored children of the 1960’s -70’s who didn’t huff enough Carbona to sit through H.R. Puffenstuff. It’s a cut above other Hanna-Barbera product of that time, such as Honeymooners, BC and Atomic Age… Read More P.T. Barnum is Become Death, The Destroyer of Worlds: How Velma Ate Your Hatred and Crapped Out a Season Renewal
I mentioned a few weeks back that the infamous Eye of Argon has had some expansion added to it recently. There was Grignyr the Ecordian, a edited re-telling of the original, and there was The Eye of Argon and the Further Adventures of Grignr the Barbarian. Post-holidays, I acquired both. The guy who wrote this… Read More Cry of Argon: Reports from the Grignr Mythos
Criticism, for all we elevate it, amounts to the imposing of a narrative on a work. It is a non-fiction encounter with a text, gussied up to a universal statement about its meaning. This is fine when it is acknowledged. Often, however, critical reads become a kind of low-effort meme, repeated without actual consideration. They… Read More On the Death and Return of Gandalf
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and I feel as though I’ve spent enough time complaining about “Last Christmas” to people, so it’s time to tackle serious cultural issues. And by “tackle”, I mean “throw into a trash bag, throw the bag in the river, and light the river on fire.” On the… Read More Cereal is Not a Soup, A Pop Tart is Not a Sandwich, and Die Hard is Not a Christmas Movie, Shut Up, Shut Up, Shut Up