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On January 23rd of 1999 I had just finished Paul Gottfried and Thomas Fleming's The Conservative Movement. My roommate was pretty high, as usual (it was a Saturday). A few weeks earlier I'd gotten a paperback of a fantasy novel, Game of Thrones. I read a few pages, and then went to sleep. The next... Read More
There's a rather boring but predictable complaint in The Washington Post, In the land of make-believe, racial diversity is a fantasy. We've been here before. The author of The Washington Post piece seems angry that his black child can't identify with the white characters that dominate in fantasy films. But what this has to do... Read More
The New York Times has an obit. Found out via Fred Pohl. I read some of Harrison's work, but probably most memorable to me was the series which began with Hammer and Cross series in particular captured my imagination. With hindsight it's pretty obviously an inversion of Christian fantasy in more than just the plain... Read More
I haven't watched most of the films (or video games, or T.V. shows) being parodied by How It Should Have Ended. But I have read A Game of Thrones. So I'm confused as to why this struck me as rather unfunny, in comparison to most of the others where I have to educate myself on... Read More
One of the aspects of fiction is that it serves as a Rorschach test. Over at Slate Nina Shen Rastogi has a post up, Is "Game of Thrones" Racist?: First, the author immediately notes that for every swarthy barbarian there is a depiction of another trope, the Evil Blonde Guy. Nina Shen Ragosti's
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