Character Sketch: Childerick

Childerick Merovais is the foremost duke in the Imperium. His bloodlines are impeccable, and for many of the Great Houses his claim to the throne is greater than that of the current Imperator Talinissia, whose mother was a foreigner. His own mother was the younger sister of Talinissia's father, and while relations were always cordial … Continue reading Character Sketch: Childerick

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Film Review: “Avengers: Infinity War” and the Perverse Fantasy of Annihilation

Warning: Full spoilers for the film follow. I've spent a lot of time over the past few weeks mulling over Avengers: Infinity War, what I thought of it, and I think it is saying about and to us. Though I haven't really figured out for sure what I believe, I've got enough to at least sketch out the broad … Continue reading Film Review: “Avengers: Infinity War” and the Perverse Fantasy of Annihilation

World Building: “The Song of Princes” and the Fall of Old Korray

The following is an extract from Alexias Korenas' A History of the Korrayin People, Their Customs, and Legends. Compiled roughly 200 years ago, it remains the definitive work on the Korrayin people. Among the Korrayin, there is no tale more sacred nor terrifying than the Fall of Old Korray. It is related in full in an … Continue reading World Building: “The Song of Princes” and the Fall of Old Korray

Screening Classic Hollywood: “The Seven Year Itch” (1955) and the Puncturing of Hegemonic Masculinity

Billy Wilder is one of my favourite classic Hollywood directors. All of his movies--from Double Indemnity to Sunset Boulevard--crackle and snap with an energy all their own. Wilder had a keen eye for searing away the patina of conformity and niceness of American culture to lay bare the hypocrisy and rot beneath. While at first glance a comedy … Continue reading Screening Classic Hollywood: “The Seven Year Itch” (1955) and the Puncturing of Hegemonic Masculinity