Workable Utopias: Le Guin & Utopia

Ursula Le Guin’s impact on my utopian perspective

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The Last Jedi: Spoiler-Lite Initial Thoughts

Spoiler Free: It’s a very good movie. It avoids a lot of cliché while remaining “Star Wars” and having a number of subtler call-backs to previous themes and arcs. All the major characters are developed pretty well, including nice doses …

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New Blog Address Here

My blog is moving from Goodreads to Wordpress.

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Logan Review: X-Men back on Form

Logan does what big, established franchise films should: it uses its built-in budget and audience to do high quality, authentic storytelling rather than safe-bet replication of the usual action-hero(es) formula. Imagine: the entire movie—employing 15,000 people, the end credits tell …

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Ways to Help, Especially the Climate

To keep it positive, here’s a small linkspam of ways to fight climate change and generally promote positive social action: How to search for a socially responsible credit card. (Note: Credo/Working Assets are served by Bank of America.) CarbonNeutralNow.org: the …

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Favorite Fictional Couples

Goodreads has just asked author’s to weigh in on their favorite fictional couples. I love the question, so here’s my answer on the blog… Naoe and Kagetora from Mizuna Kuwabara’s boys love light novel series Mirage of Blaze, which is …

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Rogue One: The Les Misérables of Star Wars

And having led off with that title, I’m going to try to stay pretty spoiler free and offer some general impressions. Overall, I really liked the film, but I’m still processing how I responded to it. I came out of …

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We Need to Support Standing Rock

Right now in North Dakota, a massive gathering of Native Americans and allies is challenging the construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline, which threatens lands sacred to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and could contaminate the water supply of …

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X-Men Apocalypse: A Fan’s Reaction

Disclaimer: This is not a review of X-Men Apocalypse (though I’ve tagged it as such for simplicity) but some personal reflections (with SPOILERS). This movie inverted a common experience of mine with Hollywood action films, which is they start out …

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Review: Bringing Them Back by Geoffrey Aguirre

Geoffrey James Aguirre’s utopian science fiction novel, Bringing Them Back , is well worth a read for any fan of provocative utopian literature. (Disclaimer: I was in a critique group that reviewed an early draft of the book.) Aguirre posits …

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