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On The Folly of Souls

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If you believe you have a soul, you’re probably not going to like this, but hey, I’m not here to make you happy. It’s hard to think of a single fiction, other than that of monotheism, that has been as hurtful to the human race as that of the soul. The notion is patently absurd; that there is some ethereal thing, a vapor or chimeric energy that constitutes the essence of a person. Lacking all...

Don’t Art for free

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I really want to address the phenomenon of people asking artists to work for free on commercial projects. You have to understand that not all artists can afford to work for free, and whereas it may be commendable to offer free work for non-profit projects or projects that are designed purely to benefit society, doing work for free on commercial projects is devastating to the industry and to less...

Stories

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People underestimate the importance of stories, but I think that stories are the fabric of our minds. Stories are how stars become constellations, and how flesh becomes character. They’re the narrative that gives life to a universe otherwise governed by nothing but the laws of physics. They’re how we make sense of the world, and determine what kind of sense we make of it.

If At First, You Don’t Succeed..

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Not everybody succeeds at what they try to do, but many keep trying. Some keep trying the same thing until they succeed, and others keep trying different things, like they’re throwing spaghetti at the wall, hoping some of it will stick. Often, nothing does. These people meander through life, trying one thing after another, one business idea after another, struggling to figure out what they’re...

Jan25, 2020

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Today is a special, heartbreaking day for everybody who participated in the attempt to liberate Egypt from the yoke of oppression. We tried, and we failed. Our attempt was at first noble, then grew more pathetic, more desperate. We clung to the unworthy, put our hopes in the undeserving, and our dreams slipped through our fingers like so many grains of sand. Our friends got murdered, and we tried...

Saudi F’Ing Arabia

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In 2002, when a fire erupted at a girl’s school in Mecca, members of the ‘Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice,’ otherwise known in Saudi Arabia as the ‘mutawiyin’ stopped Civil Defense workers from going into the building to help the girls escape the fire. Not only that but they are said to have locked the gates and prevented the girls...

Aquaman

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Aquaman is terrible. The jokes don’t land. The close-ups and metal riffing on the little quips are so pathetic they’re laughable. The heroic arc is completely lacking, with everybody telling us how worthy Aquaman is without the movie demonstrating any (other than ‘genetic’) nobility on his part. It’s about 45 minutes longer than it has any right or reason to be. The soundtrack is confused...

DC In Crisis

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I like some of Tom King’s work, and some of his earlier Batman stories were really good (I’m ignoring the Batman Wedding debacle), but Heroes in Crisis should have been nipped in the bud by the editorial powers that be and exemplifies what happens when a writer gets too big for his ideas to be rejected. The very notion of a secret trauma hospital/therapy center for both heroes and villains is...

The Lion King

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Excited about the new Lion King? In case you forgot, this was the story: A brain-dead cub listens to his lying uncle and gets his father killed. He cowardly abandons his now-widowed mother, is rewarded for all that by ending up in heaven where he sings “Hakuna Matata” (Disney for “Fuck It All, I Don’t Care”), then comes back home in the noble pursuit...

DC Fleecing Comic Book Fans

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I’m really tired of all the various editions that get published to fleece comic book readers, and that try to make a buck off prospective ‘collectors.’ Look at this one, for example – the issue for which this claims to be a ‘Director’s Cut’ was barely released last month, and already we have a ‘director’s cut’! First of all, comics...

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