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Cause and effect

November 8th, 2017

(The New York Times, 11/5/17) (Howard Chaykin’s American Flagg! #3, December 1983) Says it all, really.

It turns out that the real monster was reinforcement of rigid gender roles through youth-targeted marketing all along. Recommended listening: Lost Cherees – Living in a Coffin (from A Man’s Duty, A Woman’s Place EP, 1984) Maybe I lucked into an typical situation, but it seems like the women in my social circle are far […]

Every dysfunctional family is dysfunctional in its own way. There are some who hide the nightmare behind a facade of normality and others who romanticize their bizarre behaviors. My family fell into the latter category, glossing over the pain and self-destructive behaviors with a proudly bohemian narrative. It was rationalization as a form of pride, […]

Every generation gets the Masque of the Red Death it deserves. Recommended listening: Curtis Mayfield – (Don’t Worry) If There’s a Hell Below We’re All Going to Go (from a 1970 single) Funk don’t come heavier than this.

On days like today, when faced with real-life horrors perpetrated by real-life monsters, it can be difficult to indulge in silly frivolities about ghosts and ghoulies. I’ve whistled past plenty of graveyards in my limetime, but the sheer enormity of events can overwhelm even the most centered (or jaded) of us. I start wondering “what […]

All geek things

August 8th, 2017

Even though I came to realize Damian and I were on different pages in terms of our fandoms, we remained close friends through high school and my early college days. We continued to hang out on afternoons and weekends, hitting up the local arcades or roaming Boston’s northwest suburbs in search of some new-to-us venue […]

A true marvel

August 3rd, 2017

It recently occurred to me that I haven’t posted any Captain Marvel Adventures material in a while. Let’s rectify that with a sequence of panels that feels oddly….relevant. So much for the tolerant World’s Mightiest Mortal. (from “Captain Marvel Versus The World’s Wildest Man” by Otto Binder, C.C. Beck and Pete Costanza in Captain Marvel […]

The great achievements of western capitalism have rebounded primarily to the benefit of the ordinary person. These achievements have made available to the masses conveniences and amenities that were previously the exclusive prerogative of the rich and powerful. ― Milton Friedman

“On the evening of April 16, 1917, Comrade Kermit stepped onto the platform and addressed the awaiting crowd. ‘Down with global capitalism! We are defenders of the Rainbow Connection, comrades! The lovers, the dreamers, and myself know that we have finally found it! We have nothing to lose but our slightly visible strings!’ He then […]

When the legend becomes fact… print the legend. I’ve been working my way through Michael Benton’s When Life Nearly Died, thanks to a recommendation from Matt Maxwell. The book is ostensibly about the Permian extinction event which wiped out ninety percent of life on earth a quarter billion years ago, but the author also devotes […]

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