“The soul is a thing so impalpable , often so useless, occasionally annoying, that its loss cost me just a little less emotional disturbance than if I had, on a walk, lost my calling cards.” -Charles Baudelaire, Le Spleen de Paris, XXIX On April 30, 1966, Anton LaVey founded the Church of Satan, the first […]Read more "What Satanism and Christianity Have in Common"
So what’s with J.K. Rowling’s books anyway? Why are they so popular with children and adults alike, getting even the most reluctant of readers to stay up late, turning page after page? Why are her books so addicting? Oh wait, I forgot. SPOILER WARNING: This post contains spoilers for all 7 Harry Potter books, the […]Read more "Why is reading J.K. Rowling so addicting?"
So one thing I don’t like is when people put together one of those book lists with a whack-load of books on it and you’ve heard of maybe like, three of them. But then it’s prefaced with some sort of challenge in the title, like “50 books you need to read before you die,” or […]Read more "A Year of Reading Women"
In the wonderful wizarding world of JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series, there are a myriad of dangerous charms, hexes, potions, and sports-related paraphernalia. The main characters are nearly killed within their own classrooms whenever a magical creature gets loose or someone’s cauldron blows up. Obviously, I’m not the first one to point out how dangerous Hogwarts […]Read more "21 spells that shouldn’t be taught at Hogwarts"
A domestic terrorist accidentally calls a record store. A 19-year-old looking for his father is captured by the Yakuza. A cloned service worker leads a rebellion against a Korean superstate. A chronic stammerer gets poetry advice from the daughter of a famous composer. A Dutch clerk falls in love with a scarred Japanese midwife. A middle-aged woman […]Read more "Mapping the Cloud Atlas: Connections in the Novels of David Mitchell"
One of the biggest critiques of The Avengers, Iron Man, Guardians of the Galaxy, and the rest of the superhero movies made by Marvel Studios is how similar and same-y they all feel. But with 12 movies released so far and another 9 announced, it doesn’t seem like the comicbook-based studio is slowing down anytime […]Read more "The Not-So-Secret Formula Behind the Marvel Movies"
So, you’ve decided to make your very own fantasy novel/movie/video game/RPG/MMORPGTGIF. You’ve already planned out what kinds of unique and interesting creatures will live in your magical world: elves, dwarves, wizards, totally-not-orcs-even-though-they-definitely-look-and-act-exactly-like-orcs, and dragons. Now, to continue your streak of originality, you want to make a map of your fantasy land, so everyone will know how well […]Read more "How to make your own fantasy map in 4 easy steps"