Should We Take Superhero Movies Seriously?
“Just because someone stumbles and loses their path doesn’t mean they can’t be saved.” – Professor Charles Xavier (X-Men) A recent op-ed in the Washington Post asks “Are movies like ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ worth taking seriously?” The real question that the column addresses, however, deals with whether fantasy blockbusters warrant serious reception by critics: Mass…Read More
The Star Wars Generation Awakens
In 1980, my family took a vacation in Lake Tahoe with some of our relatives. We rented a cozy cabin and spent the week listening to the only decent eight-track tape anybody had bothered to bring; I heard Blondie’s “Call Me” a thousand times while playing Risk that week. 1980 was a special year, because…Read More
On the Importance of Science Fiction
This past November, while accepting the National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters at the 65th National Book Awards, Ursala Le Guin had this to say: “I rejoice in accepting it for, and sharing it with, all the writers who were excluded from literature for so long, my fellow authors of fantasy…Read More
For the Love of Superheroes
I bet when superheroes first hit the newsstands, people thought they were just a fad. But superheroes are here to stay. You know why? Because we love them! The superhero fandom is massive, loud, dedicated, and willing to spend their dollars and go to great lengths to express their love of all things superhero. From…Read More