Starship Mine (Review)

Agency, community, and exploration—these are the themes of Peter Cawdron’s Starship Mine, an original novella featuring protagonist James Patterson, a gay space accountant. As with any novella, the themes shape the story. In this case, Earth plays host to an extra-terrestrial message which earthlings receive as a dream; accordingly, it is quickly dubbed ‘The Dream.’ This…

“Stay Alive” with Audio Commentary

(A new series I am starting; I love going through the director’s commentary on movies, so I thought I would share brief thoughts on each track and give the down-low on whether they are worth your time. Also, expect each entry in this series to take license with the movie title.)   Stay Alive is a…

Abstract-1(A): Extrapolations of Mao’s Literary Insights

Near the concluding sections of Talks at the Yenan Forum of Literature and Art, Mao speaks of political positions which prevent communist cadre from fully engaging in the critical-artistic practice. He says that since they are still confused or uneducated, they tow an incorrect line of engagement. Mao makes many solvent points. Moreover, the points he…

How to Blaspheme: On that Live-Action Death Note trailer.

As you may have heard, Netflix is making a live-action Death Note film. Though the trailer released just a couple weeks ago, it has already generated an immense amount of animosity from fans and ordinary people alike. Why is because of the whitewashing: Death Note, being an Anime program, features, obviously, Asian people; not so in this live-action…

Lethal Inspection

Sith-il War: ignoring the fact that, evidently, Cyclons exist and had a war with humanity that claimed untold lives in mere hours (98 million, to be exact), why are they wearing American Civil War uniforms? I can only guess that at some point in the future, things from pop culture came alive somehow, through human…

The Duh-Vinci Code

The first episode of the series return that feels like an old Futurama episode, The Duh-Vinci Code captures a lot of the old magic; no longer focusing on getting the show back on its track, the text can simply speak of its self without needing to get new viewers up to speed. Moreover, this episode…

“Literary Gaming”: at the Intersection of the Future

Over the past couple of weeks, I read Astrid Ensslin’s book Literary Gaming. Concise, theoretically dense, and neophyte are all words to describe her project; but, more to the point, they are words which in this case do more than describe, they outline the future of the Humanities. Ensslin’s book is concerned with that intersection of…

Proposition Infinity

Narratively, Proposition Infinity takes on the form of a gay marriage parody.  Although it is a couple years too late to make much of a dent culturally in the pro-con debate, it remains another artifact in the progressive milieu, something, arguably, more needed now than before, if we consider the “freedom to discriminate” laws being…

Attack of the Killer App

Commentary: Though overall a decent episode, the emphasis on Boyle’s pop culture fame in the form of Leela’s singing butt boyle is simply too ‘on the nose’ for me and represents, I feel, a running theme of the later episodes, and even films; even though the earlier episodes of Futurama did also have a tendency…

Abstract-1: Talks at the Yenan Forum for Art and Literature

In Talks at the Yenan Forum for Art and Literature, Mao asks the audience to examine their relationship between the artistic fields and revolutionary work. Ultimately, he speaks of attitude and remarks that “The problem of attitude. From one’s stand there follow specific attitudes towards specific matters. For instance, is one to extol or to expose? This is…

In a Gadda da Leela (Notes)

Zapp dreams of a black and white show of yesteryear about rescuing damsels in distress from racist stereotypes. This is actually consistent with his character as in other episodes we have seen him watch old animated cartoons. Furthermore, since this happens throughout the episode, this sort of fantasy routinely plays within his head. Zapp’s glove…

Abstract-0: Introduction to Red Criticism

As someone with an interest in literature and criticism, but also as someone who is a revolutionary communist, Marxist criticism, and theory, specifically in the Humanities, plays a major role in my thought. Or, one would at least think that it would play a major role. Truthfully, I have spent the last few years since…