Church is cheaper than…

You’d think, here in the South, churches would not have to resort to sad and desperate messages to bring in the flock. But on a church sign, between Houston and…

Breaking Bad did NOT Oiler it

And it wasn’t just the perfect musical choice at the end (and throughout) of the episode. The highlight for me, beyond “Baby Blue,” was Walt’s parting admission to Skyler, “I…

Meta-ambivalence

Creating a sense of ambivalence within a show is generally a quality of a good show, with good writing, good acting, etc. But what about meta-ambivalence? In “The Walking Dead,”…

Thank you, Mr. Abercrombie

It is a late notice, I know, but I wanted to mention my sadness at the passing of Ian Abercrombie, who died on January 26, 2012. He was sublime as…

The Living Structure Meme

If you want to prepare for a new and illustrious career for future, I would recommend bioengineering, since future ships and buildings will be living things. Paolo Bacigalupi’s “A Pocketful for…

We are all Morton Downey Jr.

Remember that girl, during the 2008 presidential election, who faked an attack from an ardent Obama supporter? She scratched a backward B on her cheek, as one might do if…

Breaking Bad is our Greek Tragedy

It is natural and inevitable that a contemporary audience deems all those that preceded it to be unsophisticated. Therefore, I can say with some degree of certainty that future human…