History · Nonfiction · TV & Movies

Books and Movies on Puppetry

Back in August of 2016 I wrote up a post about my visit to the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta, Georgia. Short version: I loved it. Y’all seemed very interested here and on Facebook, and the visit launched a lasting interest in puppets for me, so I thought I’d finally follow it up with…… Continue reading Books and Movies on Puppetry

History · Nonfiction

Review – Children of Lucifer: The Origins of Modern Religious Satanism by Ruben van Luijk

I’ve been interested in Lucifer for a long time. I used to be a Christian, and even then I wanted to know how a few disparate references in the Bible had come to be understood as references to a single entity. How did we come to think of Satan the way we do? He’s a…… Continue reading Review – Children of Lucifer: The Origins of Modern Religious Satanism by Ruben van Luijk

History · Nonfiction

Is This Feminist? Dian Hanson’s History of Pin-Up Magazines

I stumbled onto Dian Hanson’s History of Pin-Up Magazines in a used bookstore and knew I had to have it. A beautiful, colorful block of three hardback books in a case, promising to not only educate me about a genre of historical erotic literature outside my particular area, but also to be beautiful in its own right.…… Continue reading Is This Feminist? Dian Hanson’s History of Pin-Up Magazines

Nonfiction · Updates

Currently… (tag)

So back in May, Jamie from the Perpetual Page-Turner did a post called “Currently…”, in the style of those Facebook and blog circulars that ask you what you’re doing currently in various categories. It wasn’t really a tag, but I’m shamelessly stealing it because it’s great and once I start reading these things I can’t…… Continue reading Currently… (tag)

Nonfiction · Sci-Fi · TV & Movies

Review: Vulcan (Hidden Universe Travel Guides) by Dayton Ward

So there’s a travel guide for the planet Vulcan from Star Trek. As a hardcore Vulcan-obsessed Trekkie, of course I wanted to check it out. I didn’t have high hopes, I just expected it to be mildly amusing and nicely designed — it’s from Insight Editions, which publishes a lot of TV and film art…… Continue reading Review: Vulcan (Hidden Universe Travel Guides) by Dayton Ward

Adult Fiction · Comics · History · Nonfiction

Classics, Comics, and Continuity, or, How to Explain Books You Like

I was browsing through my local library’s online catalog recently, as I often do, and found two interesting books listed next to each other: How to Read and Why by Harold Bloom, and How to Read Superhero Comics and Why by Geoff Klock. “That’s gonna make an interesting blog post,” I thought to myself, so…… Continue reading Classics, Comics, and Continuity, or, How to Explain Books You Like

History · Nonfiction · Queer

A Queer Public History Reading List

I’ve spent the past two years studying public history, and making it as queer as I possibly can. (Evidence: the capstone project I just shared.) I’ve done as much extra reading as I could cram in, but only found a handful of sources related to queer public history and queer museum practices, so I’ve compiled…… Continue reading A Queer Public History Reading List

Children's & Middle Grade · Nonfiction

April/May/June Reading Challenge Updates

Hi all, it’s been a solid three months since I did a #readmyowndamnbooks post because I wasn’t real worried about it while I was thesis-ing, but I do have an update. These are a bit weird, firstly because they’re mostly childhood re-reads and I usually don’t re-read at all, and secondly because I read library…… Continue reading April/May/June Reading Challenge Updates

Nonfiction

Review – The Myth of Irrationality: The Science of the Mind from Plato to Star Trek by John McCrone

This month’s Comparative Geeks post is in conversation with two friends on a topic I’ve been contemplating for some time: how emotions are portrayed on Star Trek. That post is mostly focused on how Data and Spock represent types of human neurodivergence, not a complete absence of emotion or a state of repression that needs release. We…… Continue reading Review – The Myth of Irrationality: The Science of the Mind from Plato to Star Trek by John McCrone