I’ve been cleaning up my study this week, shelving stacks of books and bagging issues of comics, and as I’ve been working, I’ve noticed something: This year has given us a lot of amazing women in art to celebrate. Films, comics, books, television — women are kicking ass. Two of my hands-down favorite films this year were Mad Max:Continue reading “2015 is a year of kickass women”
Category Archives: pop culture
A little bird told me to tweet
I’m not a Luddite. But I am ridiculously slow to adopt new tech things. Before I bought my first smartphone last August, I was still using an old prepaid flip phone — in 2013. The only two game consoles in my house are a PS1 (yes, that’s a 1) and a SuperNES (yes, that’s aContinue reading “A little bird told me to tweet”
But if Darth Vader got his hands on the Elder Wand AND the Ring of Power….
You can always tell it’s March Madness time when everyone starts breaking out tournament brackets for everything imaginable. And we hopelessly nonathletic nerds will not be left out of the fun! So Half-Price Books is running an online “Tournament of Villains,” a bracket of evil that includes baddies from film, literature, and comic books, mostlyContinue reading “But if Darth Vader got his hands on the Elder Wand AND the Ring of Power….”
PCA/ACA: almost the end
The conference is over. I’m exhausted, mentally and physically, in the best ways. But it’s going to take me a couple of days to get around to writing a fuller account of my conference — the panels I attended, the ideas I heard or offered, the fiction I read, the friends and colleagues and scholarsContinue reading “PCA/ACA: almost the end”
PCA/ACA update, days 1 and 2
These have been some packed days. And for some reason, everyone is sending me to comics panels (no pun intended)! Not that there’s anything wrong with that — I love comics. But it’s starting to feel weird because today I attended a library panel (on defining the role of librarians through popular representations) and woundContinue reading “PCA/ACA update, days 1 and 2”
PCA/ACA: It begins
Today, the 2011 conference of the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association begins. In just a few hours, I’ll be attending my first panel, and as the conference carries on over the next few days, I’ll be posting updates of the panels I’ve attended and the things I’m learning. To which end: the poll results (howeverContinue reading “PCA/ACA: It begins”
Last chance: make me work!
Next week, my popular culture conference begins, which means this is your last chance to overwork a teacher: go to my PCA/ACA schedule under the Teaching tab and use the polls to assign me homework! Next week: reporting from the conference! 🙂
Student revenge: assign a teacher homework!
This April, when I return to the States and visit my family in Texas, I also am going to attend the huge conference of the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association, held this year in San Antonio. I’m reading fiction there, and I’m planning to reconnect with a bunch of scholars and colleagues I used toContinue reading “Student revenge: assign a teacher homework!”
Nancy Drew short story contest
I am proud to say that I am a HUGE fan of Her Interactive‘s Nancy Drew video game series. (I’m slightly less proud to admit that I actually dreamed about the games last night–seriously.) I confess I’ve never read any of the traditional books, though I have read the first half dozen or so ofContinue reading “Nancy Drew short story contest”
San Francisco and Pop Culture
As I did in New York, I decided to write blog entries about my conference in San Francisco, so my students can see what I’m up to at these conferences (this one over Spring Break no less!). But this time around, my conference hotel is not offering free wireless, so I’m having to write theseContinue reading “San Francisco and Pop Culture”