Monthly Archives: July 2013

Elmore Unchained: Forty Lashes Less One

                Elmore Leonard does racism right. That’s kind of a weird thing to say, isn’t it? But I just finished a Western novel by Leonard entitled Forty Lashes Less One and it proved to me that Leonard understands how racism … Continue reading

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Anarchy in Gotham City

                Back in the tender years of my high school existence, I was big into anarchism. It’s not hard to see why — as anarchism seems like the perfect philosophy for a high school student.  For starters, there’s that ever … Continue reading

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Dennis Lehane’s American Underworld: The Given Day and Live By Night

                I wasn’t that familiar with Dennis Lehane until I read a review of his latest work, Live by Night, in the New York Times. I knew he did Irish American/Boston crime stories that became movies, and worked on The … Continue reading

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Azzarello and Obfuscation

                I recently picked up the hardcover of Spaceman, a Vertigo sci-fi comic written by the phenomenal team of Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso. These two have been working together for a long time. They first came together with a … Continue reading

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Call of Duty: Modern War Crimes?

                 As I’ve said before, I worked in a middle school last year and I always amused the kids when I mentioned that I played video games. They would always do a bit of a double-take, not quite believing until … Continue reading

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The Power of the Anthology Tale and Dan Simmons’ Hyperion

                 This isn’t exactly a review of a twenty-year-old book, the Hugo award-winning Hyperion by Dan Simmons (which I just finished last night). Instead, I’d like to talk about how Hyperion works as an anthology and why I think anthology … Continue reading

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Fun with Found Footage

                It’s time to talk about Found Footage — and how much I hate it. It’s a big trend now and it’s easy to see why: Found Footage gives the illusion of realism. After all, the average person documents important … Continue reading

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