Archive for: Chicago Reader

Literature Will Eat Itself

An edited version of this essay first appeared in The Chicago Reader. ___________________________________________________ The last book but one I read was Jacque Derrida’s The Gift of Death, his late-career foray into deconstructionist theology. To say that you recently finished reading a Derrida book for pleasure is obviously a fairly major throwdown (“Look at my brain!”) […]

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Bite Marx

Since Melinda Beasi wrote about Twilight here earlier this week, I thought I’d follow up with this essay, which ran in an edited form at the Chicago Reader. ________________ Twilight fans always make a fuss about Team Edward versus Team Jacob, but they might as well be plumping for Team Effete Aristocrat versus Team Colorful […]

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The Thrizzle Will Be Televised

An edited version of this essay ran in the Chicago Reader a while back. ___________________________ One of the gags in Michael Kupperman’s Tales Designed to Thrizzle Volume 1 is a three panel comic strip featuring “The Head”. As his name suggests, “The Head” is a disembodied…well, head. In the first panel, he announces “Someday I […]

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Girl, You’ll Be a Creature Soon

This essay ran in a somewhat different form in the Chicago Reader a couple years ago. I thought I’d reprint the original version along with some more pictures here. _______________ Ever since the breakaway success of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman in the 80s, there’s been an indigenous niche for graphic fiction about brooding guys, languid girls, […]

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The Great Gay Future

Earlier this week Caro discussed the ethics of Dr. Who. In the course of comments, Torchwood came up…and I discovered that the article about that show I wrote for the Chicago Reader in October 2008 has mysteriously vanished into the dreaded vacuum-of-perpetual-redesign. So, since it’s gone there, I thought I’d post it here. This is […]

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Utilitarian Review 1/9/10

On HU Lots of bytes through the sluice on HU this week. To start off, I sneered at the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and wondered about Fantagraphics’ marketing policy (Fantagraphic marketers showed up to explain in the comments.) I denounced Lady Snowblood, movie and comic, on the grounds that they are evil. Suat came back with […]

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