Monthly Archives: October 2018

Male Power Fantasies

Fiction is shot through with male power fantasy from Hercules to James Bond. What would you do if endowed with great strength, cunning and (while we are at it) good looks? Why, kill my enemies and bed dozens of women, of course. But there is also something about male power fantasy that resists facility. There […]

Stranger Things: how kids want to act

Per my usual habit of always being at least two years behind the times I have finally gotten round to seeing the first season of Stranger Things the horror-suspense series on Netflix. I’m really enjoying it. Anyone who grew up in the 80 and 90s will recognize the influence of works like Carrie, Firestarter, Alien, The X-Files, […]

Movies that didn’t age well

This year I’ve made it a point to go back and rewatch some of my favorite movies from my boyhood. Some, like Raiders of the Lost Arc, A Man for All Seasons and the original Star Wars have aged like Wynona Ryder, which is to say really well. Other movies have aged more like Carrie Fisher sucking […]

The Trump Doctrine?

This article expresses some scattered thoughts I’ve been unable to put into words: Like many Gen-Xers who studied politics or international relations in the 1990s and 2000s, I absorbed this gospel of liberal internationalism almost completely. But Trump’s early successes have already caused me to question those tenets of my education. The Trump Doctrine takes […]

I’m getting old

A friend challenged me to come up with the three most beautiful American actresses (in their prime) and this is what I came up with: Chloe Sevigny Winona Ryder Elizabeth Shue So… guess how old I am. Though later, upon reflection, I’d say Grace Kelly was #1 all time. If you want to go international […]