Book Review: Once and Future by Kieron Gillen and Dan Mora

MikeNM

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July 08, 2020

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I’ve been on a bit of a tear through Kieron Gillen’s work after the first volume of DIE came out last year. I tend to follow writers more than artists in my fandom, so it isn’t that surprising. Other creators have worked with mythology in comics, but Gillen quickly subverts expectations. When some England for the English types . . .

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Putting Down The Foil

MikeNM

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June 26, 2020

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I despise conspiracy thinking, and not because there aren’t any real conspiracies out there. Following the thread of the CIA in the 50’s and 60’s and you find plenty of backroom deals darker than any la Carrè novel. Yet you don’t see people who subscribe to conspiracy theories that don’t believe the entire slate. Every anti-semantic . . .

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Post Mythical Culture

MikeNM

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June 19, 2020

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Culture is the scaffolding that holds a society together. It isn’t a coincidence in the wake of the internet and social media’s ability to create micro-cultures withdrawn from the larger whole that society seems frayed at the edges. Some of the frayed edges are helpful; cultural fictions are disintegrating right before our eyes. I . . .

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Book Review: Trees by Warren Ellis and Jason Howard

MikeNM

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June 11, 2020

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Warren Ellis has already said that Trees: Three Fates is the last volume of the series for the foreseeable future due to Brian Howard’s involvement in other projects. Thankfully, that doesn’t change anything about the way the story is told. The Trees are still a mystery. Ellis isn’t interested in trying to explain things. Instead, . . .

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An Open Letter To A Revolutionary Dilettante

MikeNM

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June 03, 2020

I had initially had a book review to publish on Friday, but that felt like ignoring something important. I then wrote a rant that made it much more about my feelings than current events, so I wrote this as something I think can help.

This post is an open letter to the revolutionary dilettantes. Not any in . . .

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Defying the Crowd

MikeNM

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May 19, 2020

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My narrative bracket of the Comrade Bernie and Mayo Pete the Technocrat in a state by state barnstorm battle, was broken pretty quickly.

Let’s put aside that Bernie was still fighting as an underdog out of Nevada. We’ll also skip over that the Biden choice was arbitrary and came down to his popularity with African-American . . .

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Book Review - Lurking by Joanne McNeil

MikeNM

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May 08, 2020

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It isn’t often that you pick up a nonfiction book and find a writer that can turn a phrase like Joanne McNeil in Lurking. My copy is full of post-its with quotes from the book. Lurking: How a Person Became a User is a mix of memoir and other people’s stories. McNeil takes us through the Internet as a cultural space, and how that . . .

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