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Clowning around…

I have a number of good friends who are now or have been at one time professional clowns. I’ve spent a good deal of time the last several years traveling and hanging out with some amazingly funny people. In the past I’ve lived with clowns, worked with clowns, consulted with clowns, written about… you get the idea. In fact, had the world gone a little differently, I might have ended up one myself. I’ve certainly been offered the opportunity.

Needless to say, I have a deep love, admiration and respect for the artform. Thankfully, I’m not the only one and a few years ago, David Carlyon wrote a great piece for the Smithsonian Folklife Festival called American Clowns: Performance, History, and Cliché, which looks at all those different factors in the world of clowning.

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On Literary and Genre Canon

pile-of-assorted-novel-books-694740.jpgWhile on lockdown and teaching from home this week, my Media Issues class discussed the idea of “canon” in literature and they asked me if I would give them a list of things I think should/could be canon. Immediately I said the only list I could really give them were my own thoughts and they said that was fine, so here we go. Continue reading

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An Incomplete History of Comic Book Superheroes

 

 

 

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That’s how it’s done!

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50 Facts About the Apollo 11 Moon Landing for Its 50th Anniversary | Mental Floss

On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the Moon—and Buzz Aldrin became the first one to pee on it. Read about that and 49 other tidbits in the Mental Floss article 50 Facts About the Apollo 11 Moon Landing for Its 50th Anniversary. Continue reading

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Marilyn Monroe’s personal library: an epic reading list | AbeBooks’ Reading Copy

In 1999, Christie’s staged an auction of Marilyn Monroe’s belongings, including her books. The books in Marilyn Monroe’s personal library, number between 400-500 titles, and reflect a wide range of interests and maturity levels.

When she died in 1962, she was only 36 years old and had publicly made the statement she found intellect the sexiest attribute a person could have.

I can only imagine what she would have done had she lived longer. I think the world definitely missed out on something good here.

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Writing for Star Trek

liaisonsSo a few weeks ago, my dad asked me to write down the story of how I ended up working for Star Trek: The Next Generation. He was taking a class on the show through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UNLV (which is an amazing program and one I wrote about a few years back). To be honest, I was pretty excited and honored he wanted to show me off! So anyway, here’s the story: Continue reading

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Audiobooks – a good listen

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So it’s no secret I love to read. Over the last decade or so, I’ve also picked up the audiobook habit. If I’m walking around the streets, or on the bus on the way to work, odds are I’ve got my headphones in and I’m listening to a book. Over at Goodreads, you can see my audiobook list (as of right now, at almost 400 books long), which has a number of classics I’ve always wanted to read but never got around to or wasn’t able to get into in text form. I’ll also pick up dramatized productions and old radio shows. Continue reading

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Stan Lee (1922-2018)

Well, True Believers, the time finally came. a month before his 96th birthday, Stan Lee passed away. Down the Tubes has a couple of nice pieces: In Memorium by Alan Woollcombe and Tim Quinn’s piece “How to be a Hero.” Both of these pieces, as well as many others, recount Lee’s history, his start as a teenager working for Timely Comics (which became Marvel), and how he, as no one else ever had, came to personify the field and the artform. Buzz Dixon, in particular, speaks of the man and his problematic relationship with the industry Continue reading

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The Earthly Messenger

100572919_p062csjnA while ago, I particpated in the Kickstarter to get this statue cast and in place.

And now there’s a live webcam going so you can see it anytime.

In case your day needs a little Bowie.

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