Why The Hobbit Sucked


There are a lot of reasons, actually. But one of them was surely that they winged it. I would try to enumerate them, but then this wouldn’t be a simple video link. ↩

The Expanse


I first heard about James S.A. Corey’s science fiction series The Expanse a couple of years ago when it was announced that Syfy would be producing a show based on it. (I also learned that James S.A. Corey is a pseudonym for the writing tag team of Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck.) Since the book … Read more →

Stop Watching the News and Read a Book


Yesterday’s post was an attempt to cope with the seemingly steady stream of horrific news of late. Then I read Karl Ove Knausgård’s Vanishing Point, which helped me to better understand how the media makes things more distant even as it makes the world smaller: Perhaps the foremost characteristic of our age, what sets it … Read more →

Faith in Humanity


It’s easy to get discouraged about the world. There are a ready supply of assholes who think that they’re doing God’s work by killing people, be they recently in Paris, or today in Colorado Springs. Instead, I found a pretty great quote from Mahatama Gandhi on Wikiquote that helps put things into perspective: You must … Read more →

Thanksgiving and Refugees


Let’s be honest here. Every generation has had its own ugly reaction to refugees, whether they are the Irish, the Vietnamese, the Cubans, or the Haitians, and those fears have been broadly unfounded. In fact there was only one time in American history when the fear of refugees wiping everyone out did actually come true, … Read more →