Pop Culture

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Welcome to Sleepy Hollow

The plot: In the new Fox series from Star Trek scribes Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, British turncoat spy Ichabod Crane (his civilian gig was teaching History at Oxford) gives the Headless Horseman his name, fighting for George Washington in the Hudson Valley.  He subsequently blacks out, and wakes up 232 years later (a la Rip … Continue reading

Pop Culture Blind Spots And Finding The Human Side Of Our Icons

The price of my ticket has yet to contribute to Man of Steel’s $500 million (!) win at the box office.  But based on previous experience, I have a feeling that I won’t be seeing this one in theaters: I only just recently remedied one of my pop culture blind spots and finally saw The … Continue reading

It’s An Honor Thing

This is it folks, Election Day is tomorrow. In the morning, I’ll go vote before the lines get too long, and by this time tomorrow night, I’ll be watching the returns. My plan is to stick with Stewart and Colbert for most of the night, but I think I’ll pop over to NBC every so … Continue reading

Cultural Memory and Kurt Anderson’s “True Believers”

The upside of the power outage is that I have had more time to read (though it’s by flashlight, in my freezing cold house, underneath a sleeping bag, a quilt and two sweaters).  I’m several chapters into Studio 360 host Kurt Anderson’s new novel True Believers.  One of the most interesting parts about the book is … Continue reading

Halloween, Reboots and Character Baggage

I hope that everyone who was affected by Sandy fared okay during and after the storm. Since Monday evening I’ve been without power, but I’m temporarily back online thanks to the local charging stations around town. Of course yesterday was Halloween, and the littlest trick-or-treaters came out in the afternoon to avoid the dangerous down … Continue reading