Author Archives: Nathan

Goofy and Clownish Holiday Fare

Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas – I kept seeing this recommended on Disney Plus, so I figured I might as well give it a shot. From 1999, it’s a collection of three different Christmas-themed cartoons, each featuring one of the … Continue reading

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All the Noise, Noise, Noise, Noise

My Oz reading recently has been a bit slow, both because I’ve had other things to read and because I was a little embarrassed to reread my own “Prince Pompadore in Oz.” I did like it, but I didn’t want to read … Continue reading

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Six Degrees Below Zero

I guess it’s the holiday season now, so whoop-de-doo and dickory-dotch, and here are some things that I watched. The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special – Like the movies, this special doesn’t take itself particularly seriously, but it does … Continue reading

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Ready to Fly ‘Round the World in the Shuffle Man’s Boot?

It’s been a while since I’ve reviewed any albums, or at least it feels like it’s been. Here are three recent releases I’ve been listening to. Pixies, Doggerel – I quite enjoy this album. I know some Pixies and Frank … Continue reading

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A Fiennes Dining Establishment

The Menu – I saw this at the theater on Thanksgiving with Beth and her Uncle John, and I guess it was kind of appropriate, being food-related and all. I’ve seen it described as a horror comedy, which works in … Continue reading

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I’d Idle On with an Eidolon

I’d been interested in the origin of the term “eidolon” after hearing the Let’s Talk About Myths, Baby episodes on Euripides’ Helen, and remembering that the term had been used in the Final Fantasy series. It’s basically a phantom, a … Continue reading

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Love That Leviathan

I’d been meaning to discuss Leviathan a little more, which I think was inspired by the name being used for the base of the rebel organization Astrea in Cosmic Star Heroine. Considering all the other references to classic games, I had thought … Continue reading

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Babes in the Woods

I remember, back in high school, reading about Scandinavian tales of women living in the forest who looked beautiful and human from the front, but were hollow in the back. I think the book just called them elves, and they … Continue reading

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The Art of Clowning

WARNING! SPOILERS! Terrifier 2 – This is one I saw at the theater. While the first movie was mostly just Art the Clown messing with and brutally murdering people, this one has a more involved story, although it still leaves a … Continue reading

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The Mistress of Misdirection

In my Oziana reread, I thought I might say a bit more about the 2012 issue, made up of a round robin story based on the brief fragment known only as “An Oz Book.” Robert Stanton Baum credited it to … Continue reading

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