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May 18, 2022

Wherein Andy and Justice dive into the conversation about the representation of female characters in film. In The Little Mermaid (1989) and Spider-Man (2002) we find two women initially thought to be positive portrayals of strong female identity. Yet, looking back, both fail to meet even basic modern standards for...


Apr 30, 2022

Wherein Justice and Andy construct their reading of Ted Chiang's Nebula award-winning short story "Tower of Babylon." While building a tower to heaven, Ted Chiang follows the experiences of a miner, Hillalum, as he prepares to chisel his way into paradise. Let's just say, things get turned upside-down. What's the point...


Apr 26, 2022

Wherein Andy and Justice investigate the new DC Comics film The Batman. How does Batman's depiction in this work measure up against past iterations of the hero? The Batman films seem to be getting darker and more grim with each reboot. Is the next one going to be just a black screen with the sounds of punching? Despite...


Apr 19, 2022

Wherein Justice and Andy stake out their claims on undead origins in the AMC's The Walking Dead and the film adaptation of Anne Rice's Interview With The Vampire. Why are zombie stories more up front with the origin of the undead than vampire stories? Is it because zombie stories are typically hyper-contemporary? Is it...


Mar 29, 2022

Wherein Andy and Justice labor to understand the conversation surrounding the labor shortage in the United States. We also read Melville's short story Bartleby the Scrivener as a text of labor exploitation. Topics range from the minimum wage to baseless accusations of millennial laziness to Tom Brady's unretirement. So,...