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Fright Night: the very disappointing remake

The 1985 Fright Night has been one of my favorite vampire movies since college. I knew it was dangerous to see a remake of a movie I love-love-love, but after seeing pictures of David Tennant’s hilariously cheesy (and shirtless!) take on Peter Vincent, finding out that Marti “Buffy” Noxon wrote the script, and seeing nothing but moderately good reviews, I thought, what the hey? I figured I’d be getting a halfway decent vampire movie, if I just forgot this other thing called Fright Night existed. This is the best thing about the remake, so I’m posting it here.  I was,…

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Sinners in the hands of an indifferent void

Sometimes you have to wonder why the idea of hell caught on the way it did. Sure, it’s an interesting metaphor in art and fiction (Bosch… Milton… Dante… Gaiman…), but why do people believe in it with the sincerity and fervor with which they apparently do? It’s a pretty weird prospect when you think about it. Imagine trying to explain it to a Martian: Evangelist: Believe in what I tell you or you’ll go to hell, a place of eternal torment! Martian: Really? And how does that happen? Evangelist: God sends you there after you die! Martian: God. A supernatural…

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Fan fiction

Since I know some of my Buffy-related readers are into fan fiction, I thought you might enjoy this passionate (and delightful) defense of it from a literary history perspective: http://fleurdeliser.tumblr.com/post/45428199979 Cheers! The Smashed poll is almost ready, except I have to go to work now!

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The lament of the Southern Baptist

R. Albert Mohler, Jr., president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, reacts to the rapid progress on gay rights: From the Boy Scouts to the British Parliament: Left behind? Conservative Christians and the gay revolution The piece seemed interesting to me for its sad, resigned tone — the tone of a man who feels lost. It reminded me of something that struck me on election night, as I left my yoga class and got caught up in the joy explosion on Capitol Hill. Same sex marriage was winning, pot legalization was winning, Obama had already won re-election — it was…

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As a matter of fact, Republicans did lose the culture war

Republicans Lost the Culture War, says professional Republican William Bennett President Obama won the 2012 presidential election by accumulating some of the most one-sided electoral constituencies in modern political history. If you keep reading, you will discover that what William Bennett means by "one-sided" is "everyone except wealthy, older white people." This tells you something about his thinking — maybe everything about his thinking. How can a coalition made up of blacks, Latinos, Asians, young people, unmarried women, the poor and lower middle class, etc. possibly be considered "one-sided"? That sounds like a lot of sides to me. You might…

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Eight years later

The finger wounds that started to bug me over the weekend were actually a return of the dyshidrotic eczema that has plagued me periodically throughout my life. Usually, when it appears, it is painful and irritating for a couple of weeks, then it goes away. Except in the summer/fall of 2004, it just kept getting worse, and worse, and worse, until I had eczema patches everywhere and several fingers were so blistered and hideously swollen that I could barely use them. There was a point where I joked that my eczema was some kind of barometer showing the likelihood of…

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Where did I go? A farewell to the Buffybot

I can’t say I was surprised that the strong winner of “favorite Season 5 episode that isn’t The Body, The Gift, or Fool for Love” was Intervention — because Intervention was my own pick. But at first consideration it might be an odd choice. It seems like the deep introspection and thematic heavy-lifting of Buffy’s spirit quest in the desert shouldn’t combine so well with the giddy comedy of the Buffybot’s first appearance — but it does. I think this is because the two halves of the story reflect on each other. Just as Buffy is coping with the accumulated…

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