Okay, so last weekend, Hassan and I went to see Twilight. We’d already seen High School Musical 3, so we didn’t really have any choice. Wait, no, I need to start earlier. This past summer at the life-changing, high-altitude Taos Toolbox writing workshop, Kelly Link (amazing writer and mindblowing instructor) provided a fascinating, detailed description of the “sparkly … More Twilight: Questions and Concerns
The new Star Trek trailer came out last week. This version has a different ending, with a cameo by Leonard Nimoy as old Spock: On first viewing, the trailer got me excited. Going back to a younger Kirk and Spock seems promising, especially after several lackluster movies that felt like they were covering well-trodden territory (or, … More JJ Abrams & Star Trek: New Hope or Disaster Movie?
In case any of you haven’t caught it, an expanded version of my post on the top Latino superheroes has been published online by Fantasy magazine, complete with pretty graphics and interesting follow-up conversation in the comments section. And while you’re there, check out some of the other cool articles and stories there – it’s … More Latino Superheroes at Fantasy
Have you ever been listening to “Waterloo” and wished there were just one more Abba tune to lip sync ? Seek no further… experience the wonder that is The A-Teens…. The bassline! The synchronized dance routine! The vacuous beauty! They have it all! And then there’s this gem, which manages to masterfully marry the classic Abba song with … More For Abba Fans Only
Hassan and I spent most of the past few days in Philadelphia volunteering for Barack. Philly was still on a high from the World Series, which seemed to roll seamlessly into the election. I spent a day doing phone banking in North Philly, where Puerto Ricans were very enthusiastic about O. Then we spent a … More The arc of history…
Oscar Wao is an overweight nerd in New Jersey who dreams of one day becoming “the Dominican JRR Tolkien.” More than anything, Oscar wants a girlfriend, but the gals are sadly not impressed by his gargantuan vocabulary and mastery of role playing games. The novel is a contemporary epic that spans two countries and three … More The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao is Wondrous (though not brief)