New Fiction: The Wrong Twin

Literature

Regardless of whether or not you asked for it, new fiction written by yours truly is on its way. For a while now, I’ve contemplated how to go about sharing things I write, and I’ve decided to just use the giant forum known as the Internet to publish my own work. I no longer ascribe […]

Where did cable TV come from?

Literature, Politics
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The ABC vs. Aereo Supreme Court case opinion was a very intriguing read. Breyer, J. recounts the history of cable television, CATV. I have vague recollections of community access television, but it turns out that they started as giant antennas that picked up other public channels from very far away, and eventually from very very […]

Ender’s Game Movie Response

Literature, Social Issues
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Even in the first few minutes, there is a lot that I’m very pleased with. The book was indeed rather vague on the origin of the Formics, more derisively known as Buggers (one of a handful of instances in the book where homosexuality is tangentially derided). The majority of the story is essentially preparation for […]

Not quite worthy of her greatness

Literature

I was a little disappointed by Nathan Englander’s story What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank. First, I thought that the characters’ decision to smoke pot was a little too contrived. Kind of like in Raymond Carver’s Cathedral. Carver was supposed to be this voice of the voiceless sort of figure, writing […]

Anne probably would have been a Belieber

Literature, Social Issues
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This is my very belated reaction to Justin Beiber’s comment in the Anne Frank Museum guestbook: Truly inspiring to be able to come here. Anne was a great girl. Hopefully she would have been a belieber. – Justin Bieber I wanted to share some thoughts on a BBC article that featured some responses, several of […]

What I have to say about Anne Frank (so far)

Literature, Social Issues
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Anne was my kind of woman. Reading her diary will result in having a crush on this girl. She had me at the “Quack, Quack, Quack, said Mistress Chatterback” assignment. She was the very definition of an astute and vibrant young intellectual. You could easily call her “bright”, but I’d try to go further. She […]

“Black Somewhere Else”

Literature, Social Issues
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Sorry for not sharing anything for a while. I was actually going to write about a Paul de Man essay I encountered. I was not all that familiar with him until I found his essay “The Resistance to Theory” in Modern Literary Theory 4th Edition. I’m sad to say that the more I’ve learned about […]