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O Captain! My Captain!

#OCaptainMyCaptain

This won't be a long post. Because, what exactly does one write about someone you never knew, but who made you laugh, think and cry more than anyone else in your life?

Robin Williams died today at the age of 63 from apparent self-asphyxiation. Excepting people I've known, the news of his death has probably saddened me more than any other that I can remember.

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Nice, but who cares? The confluence of Chaucer, Gravity and Dallas Buyers Club

Chaucer

For the past couple of months I've been auditing Dr. Corey Olsen's class on Chaucer's non-Canterbury Tale works at Mythgard. I've fallen a bit behind due to deadlines related to another project, which unfortunately means I've missed the discussion about Troilus & Creseyde — the main reason I wanted to audit the class.

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A brief survey of cabin horror film "top" lists

Courtesy mathias-erhart @ flickr

In preparing for the paper I'm presenting at the Joss in June conference at the end of the month, I've run across a bit of a phenomenon. To wit, about 14 – 15 months ago there appears to have set upon the internet commentariat a desire to craft "top" lists of horror movies that featured cabin scenarios.

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Braff's "brash" balls

It's funny because he has "BALLS" written on his forehead

Having waited a week after the raucous manhunt for the Boston marathon bombers, I had been planning to write about militias and gun-related laws in Massachusetts, based on some commentary I had seen flit across my Facebook feed. But it seems something much more important has cropped up to discuss at this particular moment in time: Zach Braff's Kickstarter campaign for a "tonal sequel" to his 2004 indie film Garden State. Here's the deets:

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What bespoken images art these?

Will

In April did the Avon Bard appear,
    and in that self-same month did he depart
whilst sun shone bright with ever-fulsome sneer
    and Springtime dallied chill as boggler's art.
Today, we halt anon and dream awhile
    to make our vulgar speeches simular,
frail trump'ries though they prove to be, and smile
    in epilogue to his craft insular.
Thus, here below, presented in array,
    art twenty iterations tender-writ
that if poor William wert alive today,
    he would belike have penned of his own wit.

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"The Avengers"

I just got back from watching The Avengers, and I have to say it was stellar.

I went into the theater trepidatiously exuberant. I mean, let's face it, I love pretty much everything Joss Whedon aims a neuron at. But I didn't want to get my hopes up too much. Everyone stumbles sometime, right? Maybe this would be where Joss finally falls flat on his face....

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The Hunger Games

Mockingjay pin

When I read The Hunger Games back in December, I enjoyed it. The fast-paced, action-driven plot narrated primarily from the constantly oscillating mind of sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen was exciting and emotional, and well worth the time it took to read. However, it didn't have the feel of a story that could ascend to the height of Timeless Tale.

Having seen the movie, I think that assessment is still true. But it sure holds up as a good tale for right now.

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