Friday, April 28, 2017

Essays , Commentary, and Insights

Editor’s Note: This article contains spoilers for the movie The Love Witch. Read at your own peril. Witches have been part of literature from the very beginning. Female connection to supernatural powers can be drawn directly from Medea all the way to modern stories such as The Witch and Charmed. ...

Editor’s note: The following is an excerpt from the author’s master’s thesis. It has been edited for style and length. To read the full work, go here. At the beginning of “The Thing on the Doorstep,” Daniel Upton, the story’s narrator, has murdered his friend Edward Derby. Years before, Derby ...

“[Lord Fanny] made a huge impression on stupid, mopey me,” Tara Marie states in “The Search for Trans Role Models in Comics” written for The Harlot. Her essay is a wonderful, yet critical examination of trans women in comics. It’s also an illuminating trip into the nostalgic rememberings of a ...

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  • Fascinating Facts You Probably Did Not Know About Leprechauns
    The leprechaun is perhaps one of the best-known creatures in Irish folklore. Leprechauns are popularly depicted as little men with beards dressed in green coats and tall green hats. Other well-known beliefs about leprechauns include the pot of gold that they are said to keep at the end of the rainbow, and their mischievous nature. Whilst many are familiar with this general depiction of the leprechaun, there are other aspects of these Irish creatures that ... Read more...
    Source: Ancient OriginsPublished on Tuesday, April 25th, 2017By dhwty
  • Italica: Roman city in Santiponce
    Italica is a well-preserved Roman city located in modern-day Santiponce, 9 kilometres north of Seville in Spain. The city was founded in 206 BC during the Second Punic War (218-202) when the Roman commander Publius Cornelius Scipio settled his Italian veterans on this site following a victory at the Battle of Ilipa. Although the nearby town of Hispalis (Seville) would always remain a larger city, Italica ... Read more...
    Source: Ancient History EncyclopediaPublished on Tuesday, April 25th, 2017
  • Apophis
    Apophis (also known as Apep) is the Great Serpent, enemy of the sun god Ra, in ancient Egyptian religion. The sun was Ra's great barge which sailed through the sky from dawn to dusk and then descended into the underworld. As it navigated through the darkness of night, it was attacked by Apophis who sought to kill Ra and prevent sunrise. On board the great ship a number of different gods and goddesses ... Read more...
    Source: Ancient History EncyclopediaPublished on Tuesday, April 25th, 2017
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  • Near-mint copy of infamous Nazi torture bondage comic book cover (1944) estimated to fetch $200k at auction
    Someone has already bid $80,000 on a near-mint copy of Suspense Comics #3 from 1944, with a cover by Alex Schomburg. This is the type of comic book that led to the moral panic resulting in a senate hearing on the rampant sexual perversion and violence in comics and the collapse of the comic book publishing industry, as chronicled in David Hadju's excellent book, The Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How It Changed ... Read more...
    Source: BoingBoing (comics and superheroes)Published on Thursday, April 27th, 2017By Mark Frauenfelder
  • VARIANTS! Best of the Week!
    Cool art to look at and whatnot… Gary Frank Alejandro Barrionuevo Jamie McKelvie Tyler Kirkham Tomas Giorello Chris Burnham Paul Pope Francis Manapul Marc Laming Michael Turner Lee Bermejo Eric Canete Pasquale Qualano ... Read more...
    Source: 13th DimensionPublished on Thursday, April 27th, 2017By Dan Greenfield
  • The Most Exciting DC Universe Easter Eggs In Flash #21, Explained
    SPOILER WARNING: The following article contains minor spoilers for “The Flash” #21, on sale now. DC Comics’ current “Batman”/”The Flash” crossover “The Button” has fans on the edge of their seats, eagerly looking for answers as to where the DC Universe is going and what the future holds for the arrival of the Watchmen characters. Now two issues in, the mini-crossover event has proved to be a big, deep dive into the DCU’s past. So ... Read more...
    Source: Comic Book Resources: ColumnsPublished on Thursday, April 27th, 2017By Kieran Shiach
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  • Managing stress: body
    Stress, anxiety, and tension can be regulated by changing your perspective on forthcoming events or using techniques such as mental imagery or meditation, but they can also be controlled by what you physically do with your body. Techniques such as muscle relaxation, relaxed breathing, and exercise can all be used to decrease the impact of your stress response. Relax your muscles: You’ve probably noticed that stress, anxiety, and worry can cause you to tense up ... Read more...
    Source: Oxford University Press – Science and MedicinePublished on Thursday, April 27th, 2017By Priscilla Yu
  • What I’ve Learned From Bill Nye
    Recently, I’ve written about how fake news and deceptive publishing practices are making it difficult for consumers to distinguish fact from fiction when it comes to science. This issue is always top of mind for me, because whenever I speak at conferences or talk to reporters, I am inevitably asked at least one question about false claims, “internet myths,” and even retracted “scientific” studies regarding GMOs. Even if a claim has been debunked for years, ... Read more...
    Source: Huffington Post – Science – GeneticsPublished on Wednesday, April 26th, 2017
  • Study finds first molecular genetic evidence of PTSD heritability
    A large new study from the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium provides the first molecular genetic evidence that genetic influences play a role in the risk of getting Posttraumatic Stress Disorder ... Read more...
    Source: Medical News Today – GeneticsPublished on Wednesday, April 26th, 2017
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