Saturday Zen: Restore Joss Whedon

Today is a special day.  One of my best friends in the world is getting married (congratulations, Casey and Nicole!), and I am in the wedding.   Because of that, timing issues, and the fact that someone once told me that brevity is the soul of wit, I give you your daily dose of Zen: [...]

Whose Story is It Anyway?

Every story is about someone, one particular character without whom the story could simply not be told. Every time we pick up a book or watch a movie, we are investing in this  single character.  It might be the main character; it usually is.  We follow them as spectators through their adventures, trials, and journeys, [...]

The Slayage Conference on the Whedonverses 4

This summer, my wife and I are presenting papers at Slayage in St. Augustine, Florida.  For those of you unaware, Slayage is a biennial national academic conference dealing with any and all of the Whedonverses. Jennifer presented there in 2008, while this is my first go-round. To say that I’m excited would be fairly understated.  [...]

Hero Hating

I have read all seven Harry Potter books, seen all five movies, and I look forward to the theme park being built in Orlando, Florida, and somehow, I hate Harry Potter. I have seen the first two seasons of Buffy The Vampire Slayer with plans to finish the series by the end of the year, [...]