BATMAN V SUPERMAN V BIN LADEN: There can be only one

Like a broken record: Bin Laden won. No one sees it.   “We kicked his ass!  Hello, we even shot him!” Yet he emerges the victor, nonetheless.  Exactly like the Joker “loses” in THE DARK KNIGHT, but in fact, is totally victorious. If Han Solo dies shuttimg down the forcefield generator on the forest moon …

Black History Month 2014: EYES ON THE PRIZE

This year, I had intended to read The “Autobiography” of Martin Luther King for Black History Month, however, the winter has really depressed my energy levels and I really balked at the idea of reading a book, as ridiculous as that sounds (well, I did just finish WAR & PEACE; perhaps there’s a relation). I …

Ayn Rand and Adult-Onset Adolescence

THE FOUNTAINHEAD is one of my personal all-time favorite must-read novels; it establishes Ayn Rand as a major, domineering fiction writer.  I’ve read that she wrote it on methamphetamines, and tho I have never tried them and therefore know not whereof I speak, let me say that it really shows! Reader, I said “major, domineering …

Who was Booker T. Washington?

I was stumped on several Brainscape flashcards on American History this morning, yet this one stuck out the most; I knew Washington’s name so well, without knowing who he really was: “Booker T. Washington (1856-1915) founded the Tuskegee Institute, a vocational school for blacks in Alabama. The Tuskegee Institute taught skilled trades, preached the value …

The Cannibal Warlords of Liberia

Last year I rented an acclaimed documentary whose trailer had completely sold me, on a topic I’m passionately curious about.  I learned very little from it.  Cannibal Warlords of Liberia changed how I viewed warfare and war makers; the world; the history of the world; the Third World; the First World; and documentary cinema.  It’s …