Technology, Advertising, and the Golden Calf

Have you seen the Chevy truck commercial where the “not an actor” guy actually falls to his knees in front of a Silverado? It’s one of the most literal examples I’ve seen of something Neil Gaiman pointed out in his terrific novel, “American Gods” – Read More …

It’s Time To Admit That Neo-Nazis Are Real

When I was 11 years old, my dad gave me the Smithsonian Book of Comic Book Comics for my birthday. This wonderful anthology collected many of the most historically-significant stories in comic book history, including the first appearances of Superman and Batman. Near the end Read More …

Solving The Mystery of “Active Killers”

Why would a young man arm himself with a gun or knife, go to an unprotected area full of defenseless strangers, and try to kill as many people as possible, usually including himself? The “Active Killer” – that most modern of criminals – is perhaps Read More …

“Range 15” And The Veteran-Civilian Divide (Podcast #10)

In this episode, I chat with Anthony Curtis, an Army combat veteran who served in Iraq, about the veteran-produced zombie comedy, “Range 15.” As it turned out, discussing “Range 15” opened the door to a great conversation about the many challenges that veterans face, and Read More …