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May 18, 2017

You Can't Spell 'Fifth Element' Without 'Meh'

     When Luc Besson re-released “The Fifth Element” (1997), I decided to go see it…for the first time. Yes, revoke my geek credentials, for I am guilty: I had never seen it before. I announced my intentions to my friends, w...

September 14, 2016

Here's something you should know about me: I don't walk out of movies.  Even during the Radagast the Gross scenes in The Hobbit, I didn't walk out.  I just went to the bathroom, and then I came back, and if ever a movie deserved walking out of, that was it.


April 15, 2015


The Reply of the Zaporozhian Cossacks to the Sultan

Paul Porfirov, late 1800s

In the collection of the Cincinnati Art Museum


This is my second-favorite piece of art of all time.  


Even before I learned the story behind it, I loved it, and in the five years since moving...

January 30, 2015


The Blockbuster Fantasy Hit of 1989!


The Deed of Paksenarrion, by Elizabeth Moon.  Published by Baen Books.


During my adolescence, I read and re-read Tolkien's Lord of the Rings Trilogy multiple times until I could recite dialogue, knew the history and geography of Mi...

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