Is This Raiders-To-Vegas Sleazefest Going To Kill My Fandom?

It seems almost cosmically unfair. The Raiders might, with a little luck, break the 8-8 barrier for the first time since they lost the Super Bowl in 2002, yet I feel hollow. Why? This. Raiders Stadium Backers To Las Vegas: Give Us $750 Million, Or Else And this. Report: Sheldon Adelson Up To Some Shady… Continue reading Is This Raiders-To-Vegas Sleazefest Going To Kill My Fandom?

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

When It Comes To the Raiders, My Heart is Mulder, But My Head is Scully

So, the Oakland Raiders won a road game, and oh, it would make me happy if I thought I could expect more. Even some Raider reporters who have every right to be jaded are starting to get a little ahead of themselves. Whenever I catch myself starting to feel slightly good about the Raiders prospects,… Continue reading When It Comes To the Raiders, My Heart is Mulder, But My Head is Scully

Feeling Deflated

So, the New England Patriots were caught playing with deflated footballs in the AFC Championship Game. While we wait for their inevitable excuse–my money’s on a reprise of Bill Belichick’s “We misinterpreted the rule” statement from Spygate–and for another inexplicably light punishment from Roger Goodell, I think I’ll take the opportunity to revise and extend… Continue reading Feeling Deflated

Raiders Coach Dennis Allen Wants To Get What He Deserves

After wrapping up a second consecutive 4-12 season for the Oakland Raiders, Dennis Allen says he “deserves” to return for a third. Here are some of his reasons for wanting another shot: –Because with his first round pick last year, Allen and GM Reggie McKenzie selected a player who nearly died from a football injury… Continue reading Raiders Coach Dennis Allen Wants To Get What He Deserves

How I Cheer Up After Spending My Hours Writing About the Nazis

My books, and my writing in general, tends to go to dark places. Dismantle the Sun was all about cancer and loss. Summer of Long Knives is a tour through Hitler’s morally insane Reich. The best most of my characters can hope for is disappointment. All of which may lead to a false impression, which I sometimes encourage… Continue reading How I Cheer Up After Spending My Hours Writing About the Nazis

Are You Pondering What I’m Pondering?

–I’m neutral to the (deleted) scene of Castle Dracula’s collapse at the end of Dracula. The book ends acceptably enough as it stands. (The reason Stoker gave for cutting it was he didn’t want to invite comparison to Poe’s “The Fall of the House of Usher”, but honestly, unless the Poe estate was getting a buck and… Continue reading Are You Pondering What I’m Pondering?