Monthly Archives: July 2013

It Might Explain Nostradamus

Nostradamus: The Illustrated Prophecies, edited by Peter Lemesurier – As you may recall, I did a bit of online research on Nostradamus for a post about two months ago, and I came across quite a few pages by Lemesurier. He’s … Continue reading

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Look Out, There’s a Monster Coming

I read a post today about random encounters in role-playing video games, and I agree that they can be pretty annoying. It actually works both ways, too. Not only do enemies tend to randomly show up at the least opportune … Continue reading

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Who Gets Stuck with All the Bad Luck?

Donald Duck: A Christmas for Shacktown, by Carl Barks – This is the third volume published in Fantagraphics’ reprints of Barks’s comics, but it’ll be the eleventh in the entire series, if all goes according to plan. I’m not sure … Continue reading

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Cereal Offenders

The Internet has had a lot of talk about cereal commercial mascots, but I figured I might as well add my voice to the hubbub. I never was big on this sort of dry cereal myself, partially because my parents … Continue reading

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A Hard Day’s Rut

The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash – This 1978 made-for-television movie has a pretty simple concept: it’s a parody of the career of the Beatles. The story of how it came to exist is quite interesting, though, at least … Continue reading

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Unreal American Heroes

When writing about tall tales, I would be remiss not to mention what I’m sure many Americans think of when they hear the term, which is the adventures of frontier folk heroes. These include actual people whose deeds were exaggerated, … Continue reading

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All These Things Really Happened

What is it that separates the literary tall tale from straight-up fantasy? I think a lot of it is in the intention and presentation of the author. Tall tales are stories that are supposed to be ridiculous, yet the teller … Continue reading

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Let’s Get Down to Business to Defeat the Huns

Mulan – Disney’s thirty-sixth animated feature film, released in 1998, was the first of these movies to be set in China. Interestingly, the original Aladdin story takes place in China, but the Disney version didn’t incorporate this idea. Disney was … Continue reading

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The Bluths Are Back

Beth and I have finally finished watching the fourth season of Arrested Development, which is actually only fifteen episodes long. I don’t think anyone knows what will happen next, but I’ve seen rumors of a movie and a fifth season. … Continue reading

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