Critic’s Notebook: Whedon, Pynchon, and the Flexible Canon

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In the next few days, I’ll be posting another Dollhouse Riff.  Riff #3 will focus on the unaired episode “epitaph one” and how it relates to the Dollhouse Canon.  I will also write… Continue reading

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Decline and Fall / A Handful of Dust, by Evelyn Waugh: Two Microreviews

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Decline and Fall (1928) Waugh does Candide. A Handful of Dust (1934) Gosford Park meets Apocalypse Now.

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The Best TV Shows You’re Not Watching

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“I missed the season finale to Dancing with the Stars!  Damn you, crystal bucket!” One of the benefits of the Internet and blogging is an opportunity to write for other ventures.  If you… Continue reading

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An Adultery (1987) by Alexander Theroux

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Alexander Theroux’s name returned to the news with the publication of Laura Worholic; or, The Sexual Intellectual. The 878-page work can be intimidating to readers, especially those unfamiliar with Theroux’s bombastic, encyclopedic, maximalist… Continue reading

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The New Comics Anthology (1991), by Daniel Clowes (editor)

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A stunning collection of comix, from the punk funnies to foreign voices and places in-between. Published in 1991, the chorus of independent voices range from Harvey Pekar to Gary Panter to Art Spiegelman… Continue reading

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The Black Doll, by Edward Gorey

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“The Black Doll” is a screenplay for a silent movie Edward Gorey wanted to make. The screenplay itself is a wonderful mishmash of McGuffins, archeology, masquerade, and comic dread. Heiresses, thieves, the Fiend,… Continue reading

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Neuromancer by William Gibson

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This novel made me fall back in love with science fiction.  Gritty future noir set amidst AI, evil multinationals, and organized crime.  The novel glitters with beautifully written passages, amalgamating techspeak with Japanese,… Continue reading

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Flood by Andrew Vachss

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Reads like a cold bullet out of Hell. Taut, razor sharp prose; tough ferocious heroes and even more ferocious villains. Imagine the bastard stepchild of Jim Thompson and Mickey Spillane fighting the good… Continue reading

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From the Vault: The Feejee Mermaid: The Milwaukee Taxidermied Treasure & Others

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This is an article I wrote in 2005 when I was a graduate student in the Museum Studies program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  My course work involved classes at the Milwaukee Public… Continue reading

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Book Review: The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire, by C.M. Mayo

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Mexico has been in the news lately. It has also been part of the literary tsunami following the publication of Roberto Bolaño’s epic 2666. In the section entitled “The Part about the Crimes,”… Continue reading

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