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My new column at the Ottawa Citizen

I’m very proud to announce my new beat at the Ottawa Citizen. So far I’ve written about Jian Ghomeshi, Rob Ford, and Bill C-36. This looks like it’ll be a regular thing, so long as I can keep up the pace. (Wish me luck.) If you want to follow along, you can follow me on Twitter or follow my editor,…

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Halloween Special: Error 237

You might not be aware of this, but the end of Blade Runner is the beginning of The Shining. A friend reminded me of this during a conversation we shared at Can-Con earlier this month. “Well, it works,” I said. “They do talk about going north. And the Overlook is really on Mount Hood, in Oregon, north of LA. You…

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Getting it right

From Food I’ve been on break from school for a while. I wish I could say that I did something truly amazing with my time, but I mostly focused on watching Twin Peaks, doing yoga, and finally figuring out how to make brown rice properly on a stovetop. There are a lot of ways to do this, but I seem…

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CFP: Nationbending, a special edition of Transformative Works and Cultures

Avatar: The Last Airbender is that rare animal: American-produced anime faithful to both its Japanese cinematic influences and its pervasive Chinese iconography. A vast amount of research was invested in bringing a fantasy Asian environment to life: martial arts master Sifu Kisu choreographed each fight and assigned specific fighting forms to each character; a Chinese calligraphy consultant wrote the signage…

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Let's play a game.

I post a paragraph, and you tell me which novel it’s from. When he left the aircraft with the other passengers he had resigned himself to the notorious purgatory of the US Health, Immigration and Customs machinery. At least an hour, he thought, of overheated, drab-green rooms smelling of last year’s air and stale sweat and guilt and fear that…

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Quit chugging that blue Kool-Aid!

Say it with me now: “Avatar is not the Second Coming of Christ.” Granted, other viewers have articulated this same sentiment from a variety of angles. Peter liked the film as an experience but not as a story, and Scalzi explains why that experience works. And both Charlie Jane Anders and Annalee Newitz have mined the film from a post-colonial…

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