Monthly Archives: June 2012

Awards and Accolades

I’ve been nominated by Sixpuns for the Versatile Blogger Award. Here are the rules: If you are nominated, you’ve been awarded the Versatile Blogger award. Thank the person who gave you this award. That’s common courtesy. Include a link to … Continue reading

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Lands of Logic

We all know that Gulliver’s Travels is both an adventure story and a satire, but one thing that seems to confuse critics is how much we’re supposed to read into Gulliver’s worship of the Houyhnhnms. The Houyhnhnms are sentient horses … Continue reading

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The Name’s Mario. MARIO Mario.

In the earlier days of my Mario fandom, I’d occasionally hear someone suggest that the references to “Mario Bros.” mean “Mario” is their last name. I never bought into that at the time; there’s really no reason they couldn’t have … Continue reading

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Imagi-National Studies

Just as Middle-Earth is a European fantasy land, Oz is an American one. That said, does its geography have any basis in that of the United States? I would say there’s some. In The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the eastern … Continue reading

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Notes from Middle-Earth

There can be no doubt that Middle-Earth is a very European fantasy land. It’s based primarily on European mythology, particularly Norse and Teutonic as viewed through the lens of old England. The name “Middle-Earth” comes from Midgard, the world of … Continue reading

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Now We’re Calling You a Radical, a Liberal

Recently, an article at Unreasonable Faith addressed the link between atheism and liberalism. As the article says, obviously the correspondence isn’t absolute, but it does seem like a fair number of vocal atheists are also rather progressive in their views, … Continue reading

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Don’t Sleep in the Ring of Fire

Brunhilda is a figure from Norse myths and legends who has somehow come into popular culture as a really fat woman. In fact, thanks to Wagner, she IS the singing fat lady of the saying. And while I certainly don’t … Continue reading

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