Comics Code Authority: The Great Ruin of Interesting Things

Comics used to be wild: wild stories, wild concepts, wild images, across-the-board wild creativity. The Great Comics Boom of the 1930s was a time of artistic discovery--the introduction of cheesy and outlandish ideas that became tropes by virtue of overuse. Superheroes weren’t even the tip of the iceberg. Like novels, comics embodied the breadth of…
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State by State Stories

During the month of our nation's founding, let’s set aside all the ugly and disparaging spitefulness that seems to increasingly embody and divide our nation. So often we take for granted the vast, magnificent expanse of earth that is the United States. Although “America the Beautiful” was written one hundred and twenty-five years ago, the…
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Summer Weddings

There is an over-abundance of wedding-themed literature. A simple catalog search for wedding fiction yields a treasure trove of campy, lusty, sappy romances. Romance books provide fascinating and probing insight on the topic of desire--not in a sexually explicit manner (though there is plenty of that), but in a deeper, more emotional sense. The reader…
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Divorced – Beheaded – Died, Divorced – Beheaded – Survived

Despite his many enduring legacies -- foundation of the Church of England, patronage of the arts that ushered in the Renaissance, authorization to translate the Bible into English (making religious text available to commoners), establishment of the British Navy, creation of the Kingdom of Ireland, and the promotion of parliamentary government and an efficient tax…
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Oh daddy dear, you know you’re still number one ~ Cyndi Lauper

Self-centered, inept moron ... Ruthless, manipulative Machiavellian ... Murderous imperialist, deadbeat dad  On the third Sunday of every June, we honor the men present in our lives, those who love, appreciate, and mentor; we reflect on the affectionate, supportive fathers who actively contribute to the strong sense of wellbeing and positive self-esteem of …yadda-yadda-yadda. But…
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