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Fox News is trying its hand at comedy again…

[ 44 ] June 11, 2015 |

…and the results are predictably awful:

Wednesday’s “Fox & Friends” featured the show’s hosts having a conversation with Colin Quinn about Jerry Seinfeld’s recent complaint that political correctness has ruined comedy. Elisabeth Hasselbeck, in particular, didn’t seem to know what comedy even was, asking questions of the sort one would expect from an alien anthropologist who barely passed her required “Human Culture” courses. “Do you feel that you’re being more and more restricted in your art, your profession, and what you do, and your freedom?” she asked, as if she knew those words were related, but only theoretically.

That’s because for conservatives like her and her co-hosts, Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade, a “sense of humor” isn’t about what’s actually funny, but about what awful thoughts they possess that comedy would provide them the “freedom” to express aloud without facing public opprobrium…
I’m sure Jeff Goldstein — God rest his self-beknighted soul — thinks differently.

I’m not going to say that this is the best thing ever…

[ 36 ] June 11, 2015 |

…but this is the best thing ever:

Of course, I’m a confabulist who invents improbable happenings about himself in order to satisfy his insatiable hatted ego, etc. etc. etc.


[ 42 ] June 9, 2015 |

I’m not sure which story I enjoy more — the one about the man who requested a “summer break” from his federal conviction saying that other criminals downplay the severity of their crimes or the one about the evangelical preacher who left one bank because it was gay friendly only to deposit his father’s money in another that’s gay friendlier.

Franklin Graham urges Christians to boycott Wells Fargo…

[ 50 ] June 8, 2015 |

…and Wells Fargo is like, “Really? We didn’t notice.”

I’ve got to say that I really enjoy watching evangelical Christians being marginalized on account of their extremism. Not that I’m part of a vast conspiracy to marginalize them, mind you, just a happy spectator.

SEK on his adventures at the Dallas Comic Con

[ 22 ] June 7, 2015 |

karen gillan comic con kristen lucas-smith

As those of you who follow me on Facebook know, this is a sanitized version suitable for public consumption, but I’m damn proud of it anyway. (It still reads to me like someone took a 5,000 word draft and chopped it down to 1,500, but since that’s what I actually did, I’m sure I’ll always feel that way.)

Game of Thrones podcast: Season 5, Episode 7 — “The Gift”

[ 15 ] June 6, 2015 |

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It’s two weeks late, but nevertheless, enjoy!

Game of Thrones podcast: Season 5, Episode 8 — “Hardhome”

[ 49 ] June 3, 2015 |


We’ll have the seventh episode up later this week, but decided that since there’s going to be more demand for this one, we ought to post this first. Enjoy!

We have attained “peak LGM”: SEK vs. GODZILLAS!

[ 5 ] June 3, 2015 |


Bet you never saw that one coming — but I have proof!

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What would you ask Godzilla?

[ 31 ] May 28, 2015 |


I mentioned this in the previous post, but I figure it’s worth its own. At this weekend’s Dallas Comic Con, I’ll be hosting the panel with Haruo Nakajima, Kenpachiro Satsuma, Tsutomu Kitagawa, a.k.a. the men who played Godzilla. Since I know many of you are likely bigger fans of the franchise than I am, feel free to pass along any questions you’d like me to ask them. (That way when I nerd out, I can argue that the question didn’t come from me, but you.)

Image above via this glorious clip:

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No Game of Thrones podcast this week!

[ 1 ] May 28, 2015 |

Steven and I apologize for those awaiting it, but if you’ve turned on the news and know where I live, you can probably understand why it’s been difficult for me to find time when the power’s on long enough to record it. And given that Steven and I will both be attending conferences this weekend — his a serious academic one, mine the Dallas Comic Con, at which I’ll be hosting the panel featuring the men who played Godzilla — we’re just going to have to record it next week.

Which means, of course, that you’ll be rewarded with two podcasts for your patience.

Memorial Day weekend Sunday Funnies: Ari Kelman and Jonathan Fetter-Vorm’s Battle Lines: A Graphic History of the Civil War

[ 9 ] May 24, 2015 |


You can read the whole thing here, but here’s a taste:

Battle Lines: A Graphic History of the Civil War” is a remarkable achievement both as a work of history and visual literature, providing a broad overview of the complex circumstances that gave rise to the bloodiest conflict in American history, while simultaneously making those deaths meaningful by capturing fleeting moments amid the slaughter in panels so beautifully wrought as to beggar description.

The book is a collaboration by Penn State historian Ari Kelman, who won the 2014 Bancroft Prize for “A Misplaced Massacre,” about the unecessary 1864 slaughter of the Cheyenne at Sand Creek, and Jonathan Fetter-Vorm, whose 2012 graphic novel “Trinity” worked as both a detailed history of the building of the first atomic bomb and a philosophical meditation on its impact on humanity.

In short, it would be difficult to imagine a creative team better suited to capturing the tragic magnitude of the Civil War on an intimate and harrowing scale. Its engagement with actual history is on par with Alan Moore and Dave Gibbon’s engagement with fictional history in “Watchmen.”

If I still taught visual rhetoric, I could easily see pairing the two books and discussing the way in which, for example, Kelman’s stunningly concise summaries of the troop movements and Washington politics impact the reader’s experience of the pages that immediately follow.

Consider, for example, what Kelman told me was his favorite sequence in the book, which begins with an update on the war’s progress via an ersatz edition of the Harrisburg Bulletin…

Game of Thrones podcast: Season 5, Episode 6 — “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken”

[ 103 ] May 18, 2015 |

sansa stark

So if you’ve never listened to this podcast and have just heard the (true) rumors that we bicker like an old Jewish married couple about Game of Thrones every week — well, it’s time to stop not-listening to us, because we managed to work through the issues with this last episode — and there are many — as adeptly as as anyone this side of Alyssa has.

Basically — if you must listen to one episode of this podcast, this is the one. And we address the questions you want answered right at the beginning too, because we’re polite like that.

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