The Myth of the Batman, or Why I Love Reboots

Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns casts a long shadow over the Batman mythos. Not only is it considered paradigmatic for the character, it’s also considered part of the larger comic book canon. I very much doubt DC is interested in challenging that status with a reboot of the premise. But they should. Batman isn’t just a comic book character. Not anymore. He is, like … Continue reading The Myth of the Batman, or Why I Love Reboots

Marvin Gaye’s Music is the Heartbeat of the City

Released May 20th, 1971, Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On” is undeniably one of the greatest albums of the 20th Century. ¬†While superficially one long lament, Gaye’s characteristic depth and soul — unmatched on Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology) — turn a eulogy for mankind into a call for hope. The album’s theme — the individual struggling to find peace in the face of the corrosive … Continue reading Marvin Gaye’s Music is the Heartbeat of the City

Critics: They Call Me The Asshole Whisperer

I spent my late 20s and early 30s critiquing: mostly movies & books or politics & international affairs, but also other people and their choices. I told myself that I was trying to make the world better, which is how a critic justifies it. It’s worth doing, it means something, because it’s a torch on the path to a better world. It is possible to … Continue reading Critics: They Call Me The Asshole Whisperer