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Whither Satire

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On December 26, 2021

I’ve been thinking lately about satire, and particularly political satire of our present moment, which often seems to have come pre-satirized, no joke or jibe having more of a bite than actual r

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The Games of 2021

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On December 19, 2021
If I had to sum up the focus of my gaming in 2021, it would be: the comfort of the familiar. I spent a lot of time this year re-gaming, playing games I’d already completed all the way from the start (in some cases, with the excuse of having a fancy new computer to try […]

Dune

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On October 29, 2021

[This review appeared on my blog earlier this week.] For as long as we’ve been waiting for Denis Villeneuve’s Dune, a period made even longer by the vicissitudes of the pandemic, one

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Squid Game

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On October 1, 2021
Isn’t it just the way? You wait all summer for a good Netflix series, and then two come along in the same week. No sooner had I finished enjoying Midnight Mass than a critical mass of praise began building on my twitter feed for Squid Game, a Korean show that is sort of a cross […]

Midnight Mass

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On September 27, 2021

Netflix’s favorite horror-meister, Mike Flanagan, is back with a new miniseries, Midnight Mass. I suspect it’s not going to have the same fannish reach as his previous shows, The Haunting

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Science fiction is written all over the world, and every few years Anglophone audiences get exposed to a new corner of it. The last decade has seen a flowering of Chinese and Japanese SF in translation. A few years ago, Ahmed Saadawi’s Frankenstein in Baghdad took the literary world by storm. And recently, science fiction […]
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