But did you pay the IRON PRICE?

If you've read far enough in George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire you've probably met Theon Greyjoy's people, the iron islanders. The iron isolanders feature more prominently in A Feast for Crows and A Dance With Dragons, if I remember correctly. Theon's...

Resources for Non-Academic Careers and Humanities PhDs

Note: Contact me if you have additions or even ideas for additions. Sections ♦ THE SKY IS FALLING (if you’re a PhD) ♦ Relax, Friend: There Are Non-Academic Opportunities ♦ We Need to Fix the Academy ♦ Cool Programs Aimed at Taking that Initial Step ♦ It’s OKAY to...

Joe Hill’s NOS4A2: Creativity, Inscape, and Horror

Joe Hill has a new book out, and it’s filled with references to his father, Stephen King, to David Mitchell, and to Gerard Manley Hopkins (and to others, I’m sure). Although the references to Mitchell are somehow the most surprising to me, it’s the references to...

Mad Men and Desire

I've been re-binging through AMC's Mad Men. I caught up, having missed the last season and a half, and then decided to hell with it--I'll just start over. Watching it now, I think the interplay between desire and condemnation in Mad Men is really where a lot of the...

John Grisham’s Calico Joe

I finished up reading John Grisham's Calico Joe last night. It was a very quick read. Was it good? Yeah, it was pretty good. But what struck me is that it was just so goddamn *readable*. I bought the book because I had a flat tire on Sunday, and I desperately needed...

First seasons of TV shows without *that* character

Ever begin a binge through a TV show that you haven't watched in a long time, only to realize, Hey, wait -- what? OH RIGHT. That guy wasn't on the first season! Weird. Well, I've noticed that a lot. And it is really weird. Just look at all these shows: The first...