Did Frank Herbert’s Dune Novels Portray Gays In A Negative Light?

I admire the 1965 novel “Dune.”  I’m listening to it again now, listening to the BBC’s Sound Library Unabridged 2007 version. Dune on Wikipedia I was reading a discussion thread for writers this week, where readers were asked what they were reading.  One person said they were reading Dune, and that it was one of…

What Does Courage Look Like?

Yeah, that’s right. Sometimes the best of cultural protests involve publicized artistic images. Kseniya Ryzhova and Tatyana Firov won a world championship as a part of the 4×400-meter relay team at the IAAF track championships in Moscow.  They edged out the American and British teams for the gold.  The Russian sprinters kissed after winning and again at the medal…

The Marvel Way

For those of us that have followed the history of Marvel Comics for a long time, Sean Howe’s new book tells more specifics about the general information we already knew. And unfortunately, a re-occurring story that is repeatedly told is a story of superhero artists and writers, with superhuman artistic abilities, being treated with callous…

Looper Film Poster French 2012

200 Movies That Changed My World: #198. Looper – If Could Go Back In Time And Kill Hitler When He Was A Young Boy, Would You?

This is a review of the 2012 film “Looper” starring the extraordinary actors Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Jeff Daniels, and Emily Blunt, written and directed by Rian Johnson. This review is part of a series on 200 Movies That Changed My World, films that changed my perspectives, and films I would enjoy seeing again. Warning Spoilers…

lance-armstrong-oprah-winfrey Doping Admission Interview

The End Of The Innocence

Today, Lance Armstrong began the confessional stage of his life’s story, starting a new presentation of his public image. Tonight, by coincidence, I happened to watch Ron Howard’s 2008 film “Frost/Nixon.” It’s interesting how some people spend so much of their time and energy presenting a partial or false persona. What must it be like when a…

For Writers And Readers: Why Write?

When do you write something for public consideration?  I often write shortly after I’ve realized or learned something personally, a new realization to me, something I perceive to be uncommonly known, yet uncommonly valuable. The above image is the writing grade sheet my son received for a fiction story he wrote a few weeks ago.  Is it…