Featured Archive Post: Nadim Damluji on the tiny number of Chinese comics creators.

I talk about Kill Bill and Quentin Tarantino, Humanist.

Voices from the Archive: Trina Robbins on Marvel’s hapless efforts to sell Barbie comics.

I talk about the Johnny Cash’s work with Rick Rubin.

My nine-year-old explained the appeal of Lee/Ditko Dr. Strange. (with fan art!)

Subdee on the economics of Django Unchained. (This, incidentally, completed our Django Unchained roundtable.

Kailyn Kent on the ironies of Jason Lutes’ Berlin.

Michael Arthur provides a NSFW explanation of the furry subculture.

Ng Suat Tong with the case against Moto Hagio’s Heart of Thomas.
Utilitarians Everywhere

At the Atlantic I argue that the fake geek girl meme means maybe we need to get rid of geeks.

At the Atlantic I argue that the 50 Shades of Grey Movie will be better than the film (though still bad.)

At the Atlantic I make the feminist argument against women in combat.

At Splice Today I write about the mixed blessing of discovering the Republicans are not completely insane.
Other Links

Melinda Beasi and Michelle Smith on Heart of Thomas.

Erica Friedman on manga’s bumpy move towards digital.

Brian Cremins on comics and nostalgia.

Calista Brill on when it might be time for hopeful comics creators to give up.

The American Conservative on how even Texas is sick of testing.

The Literary canon based on academic articles.

The Atlantic on sex and sexual assault at military academies.

Mary Elizabeth Williams on why you can think fetuses are alive and still be pro-choice.
This Week’s Reading

Still reading Fellowship of the Ring to my son. I reread E.M. Forster’s Room With a View; rereading Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility. Also read Alex Woolfson and Winona Nelson’s Artifice for a possible review.


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