Monthly Archives: March 2012

Carl Freedman’s “The Age of Nixon”

Between the acts, I’ve been reading Carl Freedman’s remarkable new book The Age of Nixon: A Study in Cultural Power, which was published earlier this year by Zero Books. Reading Freedman is a humbling experience, not only for the degree of … Continue reading

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Believe it or not, I finally finished my book. So here it is.

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Forgotten Masterpieces #4: The Candidate (1972)

 With the GOP primaries at this point closely resembling some implausible spoof of the most ridiculous preconceptions about American politics, satirists are challenged more than ever to find new ways of topping an increasingly ridiculous reality. Stephen Colbert’s straight-faced skewering … Continue reading

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This calls for… bagpipes!

Having rather immodestly started at the top of my list of favorite academics with my requests for blurb endorsements for my forthcoming book, I’ve now received confirmation from Carl Freedman, Timothy Corrigan, and Slavoj Žižek. With endorsements from these three, all … Continue reading

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Superman’s Molars of Steel

While scanning the 1978 Superman movie for a few shots I need to illustrate my chapter on origin stories and patriarchal power, I suddenly noticed that the Man of Steel either didn’t bother to floss, or else he accidentally ordered a … Continue reading

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Tintin in the Congo: ‘not racist’

I’ve written before on the disreputable aspects of Tintin as the embodiment of European colonialist ideology and the books’ attitude towards all non-Western cultures, which has always been patronizing at best. Spielberg’s recent film adaptation, which was very popular across … Continue reading

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