Confederacy Ascendant

Been thinking about A Confederacy of Dunces a lot lately. For those who haven’t read it, this picaresque novel by John Kennedy Toole is about a bona-fide dyed-in-the-wool gamma male who bumbles his way through life. He is the kind of guy who goes to movies specifically to hate on...

Counterpart: An Early and Hesitant Recommendation

You guys might like this one. The marketing kind of kills a big reveal – suprise! there’s an alternate earth and our main character’s double shows up in “our” timeline to wreak havoc.  J. K. Simmons plays two very different Howard Silk’s – one casual and friendly if a...

There Is Still Good In Them…

It’s just buried.   Deep. They’ve been suppressed in the past.  We can do it again. We can rebuild them. We have the technology. Better than before.  ...

A Second Look at the Emperor’s New Clothes

The words hung in the air. “The Emperor has no clothes!” A stunned crowd waited for a heartbeat, then a second, and then swiftly turned on the small boy who dared cry out the seditious phrase.  Fists fell, elbows jostled, voices shouted in anger, and feet kicked out with...

The Most Dangerous Account on Twitter

This guy: You’re a smart guy, so I probably don’t need to explain why, but here goes. Wholesome, positive, and uplifting. And worst of all, it’s uplifting men.  Those horrible, no good, very bad villains who are responsible for every evil that ever befell man or beast.  They come...

Lost Cities of Pulp

P. Alexander, the man behind Cirsova Magazine, one of the best of the new breed of independent short fiction magazine and now one of the longest running, is something of an explorer of lost realms.  Through his friendship with Michael Tierney, author of the Wild Stars Collection, he has...

True Detective Season Three: One Final Thought

Most of Hollywood’s offerings are dismissive affairs, driven in part by a desire to hack away at the roots of Western Civilization. And then you have True Detective. The third season features one of the most profoundly pro-Christian messages ever shown on TV. One of the threads that runs through...

True Detective: Season Three

True Detective is an anthology series – a rarity in American television – and each of the three seasons produced…to date.  Everyone loves the first season, a gripping delve into weird sex cults and powerful pedophile rings down in the bayou.  Most people hate the second season, a look...