2011-02-28 Ke$ha and Gaga take turns astounding me.

Lady Gaga has a new music video, and I was really impressed with it. And disappointed in the song that went along with it. I find it interesting that her visual work is typically smart, challenging, and original, while her musical work runs the gamut from catchy to tepid, and it almost always derivative. "Born This Way" i... more->

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2011-02-22 Light Fiction in Times of Injustice

Bigotry, prejudice and injustice are all omnipresent problems in society today, but were clearly even worse in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. This presents an interesting problem if you are attempting to write light fiction set in that time period; and an even greater one if you yourself lived back then. I know, as far as "problems cause by social injustice" go, it’s not that big a deal, but it’s been on my mind lately.

Let’s say you want to write a murder mystery in the South i... more->

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2011-02-10 HEAVY METAL!?

So I just found out that the best video game ever made, Robot Unicorn Attack, has a sequel--Robot Unicorn Heavy Metal!

My high score for the original is 65,467. I'm just sayin'.

Anyway, the new one is cute, but a pale imitation of the original glory. It's w... more->

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2011-02-09 Oh, man, Julie Taymor...

Oh, and then I just read this, the most in depth review I've seen. It looks like he gets what I love about Taymor (he liked Titus, for example) and he still gave the musical an F-. Reading that review, it really does just sound awful. And he makes Taymor sound not like my idol, but like a nightmare director that I would hate to work with. In fact, she sounds a lot like the... more->

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2011-02-09 Turn off the Dark!

Julie Taymor is my idol--I want to devote my life to doing what she does, quite literally. It's possible that my shows would be a little more analytic than here's, but the bottom line is that her and Terry Gilliam basically make the kind of art that I want to make. Except, you know, I'm too bust filling out reimbursement forms.

I also love the fact that she's said in an interview "I love i... more->

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2011-02-07 Thoughts about Murder Mysteries

It seems to me that there are two kinds of mystery novel: the Donald Sobol model and the Dick Francis model.

Donald Sobol is the author of the Encyclopedia Brown series. These are short stories for young adults, and in each one the eponymous Brown solves a crime. The reader is presented with all of the evidence needed to solve it herself. At the end there is usually something on the order of "How did Encyclopedia Brown know that Old Man Jenkins was lying?" and the answer is printe... more->

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