Thursday, October 19, 2017

Essays , Commentary, and Insights

Change, or die: that’s the stark choice most protagonists face in literature, whether they recognize it or not.  Change is constant, and stasis is only an illusion.  What is true of people is also true of civilizations.  Cultures evolve, or they follow the lead of Ozymandias. Neal Stephenson’s epic and ...

**WARNING: This article contains spoilers for the Secret Empire storyline. Proceed at your own risk** Captain America, Marvel Comics’ stalwart sentinel of liberty, has been at the center of controversy since he was revealed to have been a lifelong agent of the terrorist organization Hydra on the final page of ...

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. ...

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  • Polyamory, bondage and feminism: the film that tells Wonder Woman’s story
    Behind the scenes of Professor Marston and the Wonder Women, a drama that tells the incredible true story behind the creation of a groundbreaking superhero Last year, as the US presidential election approached, the cast and crew of Professor Marston and the Wonder Women were finishing their shoot in suburban Massachusetts, thinking that William Marston’s prescription for a better world was finally coming true. Marston, a psychologist who invented a forerunner of the modern polygraph, ... Read more...
    Source: Guardian: ComicsPublished on Thursday, October 12th, 2017By Stuart Miller
  • Chris Ware: ‘Does the world really need another tome about an artist?’
    The celebrated New Yorker cartoonist on his intricate graphic memoir Monograph, his love for Peanuts and why his grandmother is his favourite storytellerChris Ware is a novelist’s graphic novelist. Beloved by the likes of Zadie Smith (“There’s no writer alive whose work I love more than Chris Ware’s”), he is compared more often to Joyce than cartoonists before him. His books are Ulyssean in size and complexity, pages filled with tiny, intricate drawings, which is ... Read more...
    Source: Guardian: ComicsPublished on Thursday, October 12th, 2017By Sam Thielman
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    Source: Texts from SuperheroesPublished on Wednesday, October 11th, 2017
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  • Gravitational Wave Astronomers Hit Mother Lode
    Spacetime ripples from a stellar cataclysm in a distant galaxy help explain the cosmic origins of gold, and chart the course for a new age of “multimessenger” astronomy -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com ... Read more...
    Source: Scientific American – SpacePublished on Monday, October 16th, 2017By Lee Billings
  • The Interplanetary Political Football of Space Exploration
    The National Space Council has been revived, but whether that's good for astronomy, planetary science and space exploration remains to be seen -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com ... Read more...
    Source: Scientific American – SpacePublished on Monday, October 16th, 2017By Lucianne Walkowicz
  • The Zoomable Universe
    Reality as we know it spans 63 orders of magnitude in scale, and now all of that is in one book -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com ... Read more...
    Source: Scientific American – SpacePublished on Sunday, October 15th, 2017By Caleb A. Scharf
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