Why does the world dump on teenaged boys? They don’t behave any worse than adults with hormonal abnormalities (that you have to live with, feed, and legally guard). And like other sentient humans, teenaged boys will occasionally surprise you with their spontaneous generosity. A few months ago, my 18-year-old had not only the incredible luck … Continue reading My Teen Got Me Daily Show Tickets! With Puppies.
I understand that there is a difference between fiction and non-fiction. I further understand that film versions of books leave something to be desired. I may see expressions and body language on film that I as the viewer interpret as conveying particular thoughts or emotions. When I am instead reading, I gain greater depth and … Continue reading Series vs. Memoir: Orange is the New Black
This week, I’m looking at the medium of film. Movies, TV shows, Youtube videos, anything that can be watched by others--how does this provide a different way of storytelling from books and games? The biggest distinguishing feature about film is that it’s all about showing, not telling. Sure, you can have a narrator, to a … Continue reading Medium-Shaped Stories, Part 2 – Film
Sherman T. Potter's life was a fusion, a mix of two dreams: As a boy, he decided to become a surgeon when his Uncle Roy, a veterinarian, let his young nephew watch him operate on a mare. At the age of fifteen, Sherman joined the cavalry in time for World War I. He rose in … Continue reading Goodbye, Colonel
This post is a continuation of part 1. In short: The 1960's television series Star Trek made excellent use of guest actors, sometimes to the point of being the saving grace of the episodes they were cast in. Journey to Babel, by D.C. Fontana Mark Lenard, a ship filled with aliens, and an alien spacecraft … Continue reading Guest actors on Star Trek who saved the day (part 2)
Many lists of favorite Star Trek episodes feature stories such as The Enemy Within, The City on the Edge of Forever, and Mirror, Mirror. These are all excellent stories, but this 1960's in-full-color show told many other excellent tales that don't get the same attention these do. Star Trek is filled with silly moments that … Continue reading Guest actors on Star Trek who saved the day