On the Marvel Universe, the thing that is the very best thing there is

A few days ago, my wife woke me up by shouting from the living room that Spiderman is finally going to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I have, as a result, had my least productive week in years. It didn’t matter that I was just reading the same information repeated on a thousand different websites: I still needed to read all of them. To make it real. Continue reading On the Marvel Universe, the thing that is the very best thing there is

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What I meant when I said that thing about american fantasy

In my first post, I invoked a term that I’m not sure actually means anything: American fantasy. Of course, I’m not talking about fantasy works written in America by American writers with American accents, eating barbecue. I am fully aware that these are real things, especially barbecue. This was, in fact, exactly the type of fantasy I was weaned on: American writers transmitting Tolkien through the lens of D&D. Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman were for all intents and purposes my childhood spirit guides, my d20 Jiminy Crickets, and they are still so very much in my head all the time. No, what I’m talking about is whether there exists an actual sub-genre of fantasy that is for America what Tolkien’s works, and their innumerable spawn, are for western Europe. Continue reading What I meant when I said that thing about american fantasy

i’d like to have a few words with you about the seasons, and also puppies

Fourteen years ago, my tall brother left New England for California, and in doing so, gave up on ever experiencing seasons again, for his entire life. I say this fully aware of the weird, sad way that people out there think they have seasons. California people: you don’t have seasons. You have droughts, and earthquakes, and wildfires, and those things are terrible. They are not the same as seasons, which are amazing.

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