Post-Boredom: The Cultural Significance of Bizarro Fiction

INTRODUCTION This is the last of my three essays I wrote in the second semester of last year that I'll be posting here. I chose to share these three essays and not the ones I wrote earlier on in my course because last semester was all about the things I'm really interested in, and by … Continue reading Post-Boredom: The Cultural Significance of Bizarro Fiction

Frodo Lives: Where will online piracy end up?

A lot of people have been following the whole issue with SOPA/PIPA and online piracy that's been going on lately, and it seems to have a fair number of internet users in outrage, and while there are people on both sides of the argument, I'm firmly against how the American government have decided to handle … Continue reading Frodo Lives: Where will online piracy end up?

Welcome to Vulgaria: the ‘Real’ (Irreal) Suburban Simulacra of Blankety Blank

INTRODUCTION This is a 4,500 word essay I wrote for my Literary and Cultural Studies class called Reading the City. I chose to write about the representation of suburbia in D. Harlan Wilson's Blankety Blank. It's a third year LCS essay, so it's pretty heavy on the LCS academic jargon, but I usually try to … Continue reading Welcome to Vulgaria: the ‘Real’ (Irreal) Suburban Simulacra of Blankety Blank

Rebuilding Neo-Tokyo: The Search for Normality in the Apocalypse of Akira

INTRODUCTION This isn't something I'm going to post on my blog often. It's something I may do only two more times. This is a 3,300 word essay I wrote for my Literary and Cultural Studies class called New Media Narratives. I chose to write about Akira and its representations of WWII Japan. It's a third … Continue reading Rebuilding Neo-Tokyo: The Search for Normality in the Apocalypse of Akira