On Fandom

The release of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, which I haven’t seen and am feeling little-to-no temptation to see, got me thinking about my relationship with the things I claim to be a fan of. Of course, we identify ourselves to others (and to ourselves) through our fandoms. The cultural products we consume are synecdoche… Continue reading On Fandom

Are You Pondering What I’m Pondering?

I just caught Jack Klugman in the Twilight Zone episode “A Game of Pool”. It reminded me of why I miss Klugman, one of the finest character actors in a generation of fine character actors, and of how well games of billiards play on television and in movies.   It also led me to think about my… Continue reading Are You Pondering What I’m Pondering?

Are You Pondering What I’m Pondering?

My review of Jim Murdoch’s novel Milligan and Murphy is up on the Dactyl Review site. Given that my review is mixed, I must say that Mr. Murdoch is an awfully good sport. Nerds everywhere are busy analyzing every pixel of the Star Trek Into Darkness trailer as if it were the Zapruder film. They needn’t bother. Based on what… Continue reading Are You Pondering What I’m Pondering?

Are You Pondering What I’m Pondering?

To take my mind off of mounting car repair bills, here’s what I’m pondering: Tom Tomorrow encapsulates almost everything that bothered me about the first J.J. Abrams Star Trek movie. True, much of this territory has been explored before, but it’s good to have it all in one place. Atheism’s growing pains, as a political movement. I… Continue reading Are You Pondering What I’m Pondering?