Archive for November, 2007

Art at Roots and Culture

I have a showing of my artwork at Roots and Culture Gallery this Saturday, 7-10PM. Details are below. You can see the images I’ll be displaying here ____________________________________________“Malleable Sky”: work by Lisa Rybovich Cralle and Maria PerkovicCurated by Elizabeth Chodos featuring work by Noah Berlatsky in the project room Opening December 1, 2007 7pm- 10pmat […]

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Weird Foot-Man

So my 4-year old son is absolutely, completely, ridiculously obsessed with Spider-Man. I feel this is probably some sort of punishment for my sins as a comics critic. In any case, it has its ups and downs. Specifically, the downs are when he throws himself at my legs every, oh, 15 seconds, shouting, “I’m Spider-Man!” […]

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Million Man Talk: Review of Deconstructing Tyrone

A version of this essay appeared in the Chicago Reader a while back. The image of black men tends to provoke strong reactions in the media, whether pro or con. At the beginning of “Deconstructing Tyrone,” their study of black masculinity, Natalie Hopkinson and Natalie Moore pledge not to get caught up in the antagonistic […]

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A Scanner Darkly: The Comic

Richard Linklater’s “A Scanner Darkly” is easily the most straightforwardly faithful Phillip K. Dick adaptation to reach the screen. It adheres closely to the novel’s words, and is suffused with a sense of reverence. Unfortunately, that’s kind of a problem. Dick’s books were remarkably unfaithful, even to themselves. A typical Dick novel reads as if […]

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Fade To Black Already (w/Bert Stabler)

Sorry the posting has been so light recently; I’m working on an essay about horror movies (The Thing and Shivers, among others) and it’s turned into kind of a monstrosity. It’ll be part of the Gay Utopia symposium I’m putting together, about which there will be more info sometime soonish. In the meantime, here’s an […]

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I Buy, Therefore I Am

For aeon upon aeon, it seems, the primeval battle has raged. On this side, the economists: smug, fanatical, genuflecting before the awesome power of the free-market before riding forth to sow evil and death. And on the other side, the sociologists: earnest, shapeless, gorging upon the most intractable social problems and then belching them out […]

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That Kind of Thing

Over on the TCJ message board, there’s a conversation about manga, which takes the expected depressing course. Here’s R. Fiore, making some of the usual arguments: I don’t see what you’re supposed to get or not get about manga. You like that kind of thing or your don’t. Obviously they turn out too much too […]

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