Monthly Archives: March 2019

Doppelgang War

Us – WARNING! SPOILERS AND SPECULATION! Jordan Peele’s second film didn’t seem quite as original as Get Out, or as much about race, although it still has shallow, annoying white people. The social commentary is still front and center, but … Continue reading

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Shopping O-Z

I wrote about traveling salesmen in Oz last week, but I forgot about one. That was none other than Ruggedo, the former Nome King, who was a peddler of sunglasses at the beginning of Pirates in Oz. Now, I might … Continue reading

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Killing John Barleycorn

“John Barleycorn” is a British folk song with written versions dating back to the sixteenth century, personifying the barley crop as a dying and reborn figure. It can get pretty graphic about the torments heaped upon poor John, who is … Continue reading

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A Day for Esther

Purim ends at sundown today. I can’t say I grew up knowing much at all about Jewish holidays. I wonder if kids growing up in New York City do, or if they just know that they’re days some people get … Continue reading

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$ave! $ave! $ave!

Maybe it’s because of role-playing video games where you have to buy a bunch of stuff for your quest, but I tend to associate fantasy lands with wandering merchants. That sounds so much classier than traveling salesmen, even though I … Continue reading

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What’s Up, Dokkaebi?

Dokkaebi are generally identified as Korean goblins. Information I’ve found about them online generally makes clear that this doesn’t necessarily mean they’re evil, but then, neither are European goblins. There are many different sorts of goblins, just as there are … Continue reading

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Skrullduggery

Captain Marvel – While I didn’t look that closely into it, there was apparently a lot of preemptive criticism of this movie because…it starred a woman, I guess? I know misogyny is still prevalent in our society, but I didn’t … Continue reading

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