The second half of our boggling at the big tentpole movies coming out this summer.
Generating the Perfect Party in Icewind Dale
Iron Fist may not be good, but it’s really not that bad.
This week on Play All The Nintendo – Baseball Stars, Baseball Stars 2 and Bases Loaded.
Some modest suggestions to revive moribund symphonies and orchestras.
If it’s almost May, it’s almost time to start asking “What Are The Blockbuster Summer Movies This Year?”
Life Goes On.
Another set of tech links, free of any mention of Hitler or Marijuana!
A review of “Character Disturbance: the Phenomenon of Our Age.”
Less a review of books/movies/shows, more a discussion of the plans of how one household will be breaking its Lenten Fast
Little Zen Games – Mini Metro
A personal essay on Mystery Science Theater 3000 and its return.
The perfect moment when the chores are done but before the chores need to be done again.
This week on Play All The Nintendo, I take a swing at Baseball Simulator 1.000, Basewars and Barker Bill’s Trick Shooting.
Full disclosure: on my wife’s cell phone, her ringtone for me is a sample from “White and Nerdy”.
A Game For Radio
It’s a bit hard to have a weekend when you work 2/3 nights… but I’ll do my best.
I have proof in the form of sixteen reasons the first episode was bad.
Anecdotal evidence can often be treacherous. But that doesn’t mean it’s always wrong.
If you want a creature that repeats lines from a textbook, get a parrot.
This is it. The granddaddy of them all.
So I bought the new Mass Effect: Andromeda…
The Granddaddy Of Them All: WrestleMania is this Sunday.
This week on Play All The Nintendo – I tussle with some thugs on Bad Street Brawler, play the links in Bandai Golf: Challenge Pebble Peach and hit the skies with Balloon Fight!
Murder: what if there were an app for that?
Four years ago, I worried that fringe conspiracy theory-driven media would destroy American conservatism. As it turns out, it’s actually much, much, much worse than that.
Encouragement for halfway…ish… through Lent
This week on Play All The Nintendo: Astyanax, Bad Dudes and Bad News Baseball. I love the NES, it’s so bad.
But you already know this. Since I assume you’re a stakeholder situated somewhere above my marginal niche in the larger world of book culture, I’d wager that your fingerprints are probably on some books that many people – perhaps I? – will find offensive. And when the would-be censors rattle, I’m guessing you know just where you stand. You might write the occasional check to the ACLU, or maybe you attend the annual “Banned Books Week” events at the local library. Or, if you’re of a certain age, you may even have been a signatory when the Association of American Publishers and other groups protested the decision of a once-ubiquitous bookstore chain not to sell copies of Salman Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses. I thought that was a good move, by the way. A proud moment for the AAP.
And I sincerely believe that those of us who devote our lives to books have had quite a few good moments over the centuries. Whatever our differences, we belong to a tradition that has from the beginning stood for the liberal advancement of knowledge and human understanding. As publishers and as readers, we’re guided by an ethos that runs from the broadsides of Martin Luther to the trials of Henry Miller. If there’s anything to the notion of being on the “right side of history,” publishers have set the odds.
Thus I am addressing this “open letter” to you, my fellow publishers and book mavens. And now that I’ve done my worst to butter you up, I mean to draw your attention to a recent event that has received little above-ground media coverage but that I think should be of profound concern to all publishers, not just naughty pipsqueaks like me.
Specifically, I am referring to the decision of Amazon.com, which is now the world’s largest book retailer, to discontinue the sale of dozens of books that promote, or are said to promote, Holocaust denial. This policy seems to have taken full effect on March 8, 2017, and a bit of Googling convinces me that it was in large part a capitulation to mounting pressure from presumably well-intentioned people who vocally objected to the content – if not the mere the existence – of such literature. In a communication to Castle Hill Publishers, the primary target of the delisting (or ban), Amazon justified its decision with a vague reference to a “content guidelines” violation.
A scholarly look at how literature can help us to understand the hard work of being human.
Youtube is where intellectuals should be making community outreach.