eldritchhobbit: (Rogue One/Baze smiling)
Hi, everybody! I’m now seventeen films into my viewing of all of Jiang Wen’s remarkable works. I have five more lined up before I decide what to do about those that don’t have subtitles. The themes of history, memory, and agency in many of these movies speak to me in a powerful way. The films he directed are genuine, meaningful works of art, and so are many in which he starred. So be warned (ha!): there will (soon!) be a post breaking down, commenting on, and ranking/recommending his films.

I’m also doing some reading on his works, too. And speaking about texts on Jiang Wen, if you’re interested in him and and his perspective, you definitely should check out everything posted under the “#Books on Baze” tag here. Must reads!



On a somewhat related note, I’ve also managed since first watching Rogue One to see ten or so Donnie Yen films, and I’m sure there are more of those to come, as well – so, yes, that’s probably another forthcoming post. (Two words: Ip Man.)

On a more loosely-related note, if you have the chance to see the brilliant Genghis Khan exhibit at Charlotte’s Discovery Place, do so! It’s wonderful and it’s leaving very soon. I had the good fortune of catching it just after finishing John Keay’s China: A History, so that was excellent timing.



Currently I’m reading Autumn of the Black Snake: The Creation of the U.S. Army and the Invasion that Opened the West by William Hogeland, which I’ll be reviewing for Reason.

It’s finals time in university land, so if I’m quiet, just know that I’m grading. And grading. And then grading some more!
eldritchhobbit: (Re-Animator/Weird)
Hey everyone! Remember me? Apologies for being quiet. I am slammed with work at the moment. I look forward to catching up with emails and comments soon. In the meantime, I wanted to make a quick post with some updates.


First, in one week until HP Comics will start its first Kickstarter! I hope you'll check it out. I'll post more when the event is live.



Speaking of HP Comics, huge congratulations to our President and Publisher Dwight L. MacPherson! His comic Howard Lovecraft and the Undersea Kingdom is being adapted to film, and Mark Hamill, Jeffrey Combs, and Christopher Plummer will be voicing roles! Too cool!

In other news, my Apex Magazine essay "The Once and Future Chief: Tecumseh in (Science) Fiction" is now online here. If you read it, I hope you enjoy it.

Wishing you a wonderful day, my friends!
eldritchhobbit: (Tecumseh)
My "The Once and Future Chief: Tecumseh in (Science) Fiction" appears in this month's Apex Magazine. I'm so delighted to be featured in such fantastic company! This special double issue is available in ebook form for $2.99.

eldritchhobbit: (Rogue One/Baze smiling)
It's time for my annual navel-gazing post, in which I take stock of the year beyond my university teaching for my own information/edification.

So here's my reading, podcasting, and published work this year.





Below the cut: lists! )
eldritchhobbit: (Halloween)
Happy October! Let the countdown commence!

Thank you for joining me for the eleventh year of my blog-a-thon celebration of Halloween. I have some special treats for you this year, including two exclusive interviews and two giveaways, and I truly hope you'll enjoy them.

For today's spookiness, I'd like to quote from the story exhibit at the wonderful Museum of the Cherokee Indian (which I encourage everyone to visit!). Here's what the exhibit says about the Cherokee tradition regarding Spearfinger:

"Long long ago, hilahiyu, a terrible monster lived in the mountains. Her name was Spearfinger, Utlvda, because she had a long, sharp, stony forefinger of bone like an awl. She used to stab people and scoop out their livers -- her favorite food. She had a thick stony skin, but the scariest thing about her was that she could change her appearance to look like your grandmother, or someone in your family. When she got close to her victim, she could stab him, scoop out his liver, and eat it without him even noticing. A few days later he would get sick and die.

"Finally the Cherokees held a council to decide how to get rid of her before she killed everyone. They dug a deep pit, and covered it over with brush and grass. Soon Spearfinger came along the trail, looking like someone's granny, and fell in the pit. Then she changed into the monster that she was, and all their arrows just bounced off her stony hide.

"The titmouse, utsugi, sat on a branch and sang, and the warriors thought it was saying 'heart, heart.' They aimed at her heart, but their arrows and spears bounced off and broke. This is why they say now the titmouse is a liar.

"Then the chickadee, tsikilili, flew down and lit on Spearfinger's right hand, where she kept her heart clenched in her fist. The warriors shot at that, hit her hand, and killed her. Ever since, the chickadee is known as a truth teller."


Utlunta.jpg
Source.
eldritchhobbit: (Books and coffee)
I'm delighted to announce that I've accepted an invitation to guest edit an issue of Apex Magazine (scheduled for August 2017). I will be soliciting new stories that showcase the rich depth and diversity of science fiction, fantasy, and horror penned by Native American/First Nations authors. Apex Magazine routinely provides 12,000 words of original fiction per issue, but my special issue will deliver 20,000.

My long relationship with Apex dates back to the fourth issue (Winter 2005) of its print-edition days, when it was Apex Digest. It is with the greatest excitement that I look forward to this important project.

If you have questions or recommendations, you are welcome to contact me via my website.

eldritchhobbit: (HP/Dumbledore)
Recently I was invited to share thoughts related to the controversial question of how J.K. Rowling has addressed Indigenous America in her two recent Pottermore works ("History of Magic in North America" and "Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry") in an extended interview on MuggleNet Academia with hosts Keith Hawk and the Hogwarts Professor himself, John Granger, as well as my fellow scholar, Allison Mills of the University of British Columbia. It meant a lot to me to be a part of this important conversation.

I hope you'll check out MuggleNet Academia Lesson #51: "Harry Potter and the Indian in the Cupboard"! If you listen, I hope you enjoy.

eldritchhobbit: (Tecumseh)
Here are a few new calls for papers that may be of interest:
- Doctor Who: Twelfth Night
- I Am Already Dead: Essays on The CW's iZombie and Vertigo's iZOMBIE
- Kaiju and Pop Culture Anthology
- Social TV Fandom and the Media Industries
- Octavia Butler Essay Collection

I'm back from a fantastic trip to Cherokee, North Carolina. I hope everyone is having a great day!

eldritchhobbit: (Tecumseh)
There's been a lot of talk surrounding J.K. Rowling's new four-part work on Pottermore, "The History of Magic in North America." I'm in the process of writing an article on it now.

In the meantime, I was interviewed for this article in The Huffington Post about the Native American aspect of Rowling's work.



In addition, the team at the SpeakBeasty podcast (which is dedicated to the forthcoming Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them films) has devoted a thoughtful episode to the first two parts of "The History" here: "Episode 7: Porpentina Ate A Bagel."
eldritchhobbit: (Tori/I was here)
It's time for my year-end review post.

Apologies for being quiet of late. I've been dealing with both shingles and sinus-related nastiness for which surgery looms in 2016. Ick. I do hope your holiday season has been more enjoyable!

But back to taking stock of 2015...



What I Published in 2015

In Books

* “Seeking Dumbledore’s Mother: Harry Potter in the Native American Context” in Harry Potter for Nerds II, Kathryn McDaniel and Travis Prinzi, eds.

* “Harry Potter and the Dystopia After Tomorrow” in Ravenclaw Reader: Seeking the Artistry and Meaning of J.K. Rowling’s Hogwarts Saga, The St. Andrews University Harry Potter Conference, John Patrick Pazdziora and Micah Snell, eds.

* [Note: Also written in 2015 and accepted for 2016 publication: “His Fordship in the Capitol and Big Brother in the Districts: The Hunger Games and the Modern Dystopian Tradition” in Critical Insights: The Hunger Games, Lana A. Whited, ed., Grey House/Salem Press, forthcoming in 2016]

In Reason Magazine

*“Star Wars, Remixed: George Lucas’ Universe Is a Mashup Masterwork,” Reason (January 2016) online here

* “The Many Resurrections of Sherlock Holmes: Why the Great Detective Is Always in Fashion,” Reason (October 2015) online here

* “Feminism, Frankenstein, and Freedom: The Individualistic Works and Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley,” Reason (June 2015) online here


What I Read in 2015
What I Read in 2015 )
eldritchhobbit: (Banner Icon)
My latest "Looking Back in Genre History" segment, which explores the story behind H.P. Lovecraft's "The Shunned House," is available here on StarShipSofa's episode 390. (Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] ankh_hpl for her kind words about this!)

I am glad that Kurt Vonnegut is a 2015 inductee in the Science Fiction Hall of Fame.

Toasting Vonnegut


In other news...

* "This American Indian Dungeons and Dragons lets you weave powerful stories." Ehdrigor, a game created by a black, American Indian game designer, gently reflects the Native experience, and how that approach to storytelling differs from Western narratives. (Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] wellinghall!)

* Call for Papers: Seeking Chapters for Fantastic Cities: American Urban Spaces in Science Fiction & Fantasy. (Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] internet_sampo!)

* Call for Papers: Ordinary Chronicles of the End of the World.
eldritchhobbit: (Books and text)
Happy birthday to Ralph Waldo Emerson (25 May, 1803 – 27 April, 1882)!

"Explore, and explore, and explore. Be neither chided nor flattered out of your position of perpetual inquiry. Neither dogmatise yourself, nor accept another's dogmatism. Why should you renounce your right to traverse the star-lit deserts of truth, for the premature comforts of an acre, house, and barn? Truth also has its roof, and bed, and board. Make yourself necessary to the world, and mankind will give you bread, and if not store of it, yet such as shall not take away your property in all men's possessions, in all men's affections, in art, in nature, and in hope."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Literary Ethics" (1838)


eldritchhobbit: (Re-Animator/Weird)
I'll shortly be off to Asheville, and I look forward to seeing some of you at the second half of my "The Dystopian Tradition: What Worlds Gone Wrong Can Teach Us" weekend event.

Here, have some links!

- Tribute to Providence horror writer H.P. Lovecraft takes place Sunday.

- Wilma Mankiller could be on the $20 bill. Very fitting.

- Everyone is invited! I will be the featured guest on The Lovecraft eZine's weekly Sunday live web show on April 26 at 6pm Eastern.

- Last but not least, StarShipSofa's fearless leader, Tony C. Smith, has launched a new science fiction YouTube series. Check out the first show!



Have a great weekend, everyone!
eldritchhobbit: (The Time Machine)
Links of potential interest...

* This worthy Kickstarter has already met its goal, but there's still time to join the effort. I'm looking forward to my copy! MOONSHOT: The Indigenous Comics Collection, Vol. 1 is an incredible 200-page collection of short stories from Indigenous creators across North America, in comic book form. (Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] divadiane1.)

* "The Arthur Machen collection is at risk." This is a collection of international importance. (Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] wellinghall.)

* How does The Imitation Game compare to the real history behind it? Read "A Poor Imitation of Alan Turing." (Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] cookiefleck.)

* I was sorry to hear of the passing of Rod Taylor. He starred in a number of good films, but his The Time Machine is a work that's been especially near and dear to my heart since I was a child. Here's an obituary from People.

Apologies for being quiet. The new semester starts next week, and my plate is full! I hope all is well with you, my friends.
eldritchhobbit: (Odysseus/Miles to Go)
I'm off to Pittsburgh to speak at Duquesne University. I'll be back to catch the screening of The Cherokee Word for Water (about the rise of the great Wilma Mankiller) at Lenoir-Rhyne University, and then I'll be off again to see my family for the rest of the month. I'll be online but out of state.

Have a great day!

eldritchhobbit: (Sherlock/ and Holmes)
I'm back, staggeringly jetlagged and tired but very happy, from a fantastic visit to London and Loncon 3/Worldcon. I'll be catching up on emails shortly. Pictures and reports of my English adventures will follow. You have been warned.

For now, let me say that the third and final installment of my "Looking Back on Genre History" series entitled "Seeking Dumbledore's Mother: Harry Potter in a Native American Context" is now live on StarShipSofa. If you listen, I hope you enjoy. Here are links to all three segments:
- "Seeking Dumbledore's Mother": Part 1 of 3
- "Seeking Dumbledore's Mother": Part 2 of 3
- "Seeking Dumbledore's Mother": Part 3 of 3

I'll leave you with a couple of my photos of notes left by fans at the The Sherlock Holmes Museum in London.

Notes Left by Fans at the Sherlock Holmes Museum in London

Notes Left by Fans at the Sherlock Holmes Museum in London
eldritchhobbit: (HP/Snape/Tori)
This week's StarShipSofa includes the second installment of my three-part "History of the Genre" special about reading Harry Potter in a Native American context. If you listen, I hope you enjoy!
Part 1 is here on Episode 340
Part 2 is here on Episode 345
A complete list of links for my podcasting work to date is available here.

In other news, I have a newsprint manicure and a book, and I took a photo of them. So there.

A good book and a good manicure
eldritchhobbit: (HP/Absent friends)
I had a wonderful time at ConCarolinas. I caught up with some old friends, made some new ones, traded book recommendations, and talked Arthur Conan Doyle, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Suzanne Collins to my heart's content. At Jonah Knight's fantastic concert, I also got to hear a new track ("The First") from his next steampunk album, and it was brilliant. I'm a huge fan of his first steampunk album, The Age of Steam: Strange Machines, and now I'm most excited for the sequel.

And now, links to share:

* On the latest from StarShipSofa -- which marks my sixth-year anniversary working with the podcast -- I begin a three-part "History of the Genre" special about reading Harry Potter in a Native American context. It's here in Episode #340. If you listen, I hope you enjoy!

* Speaking of Harry Potter, Professor Sara Martin Alegre taught the first university course on Harry Potter in Spain, and as a result she and her English Studies students have put together a new English-language book they are sharing for free: Addictive and Wonderful: The Experience of Reading the Harry Potter Series.

* Last year I attended the "Joss in June" academic conference on Joss Whedon studies and thoroughly enjoyed the presentations. I'm happy to say that now the "Joss in June" special double issue of Slayage: The Journal of the Joss Whedon Studies Association is online for general access. Check out these great essays! In particular, don't miss this treat: "Exploring Cabins in the Whedonverse Woods" by my former graduate student, Curtis A. Weyant.

* Read Kurt Vonnegut's 1973 letter to the man burning his books.

* It's that time again. Here are my work-in-progress lists of English-language young adult dystopian novels and secondary sources about them. If you have any recommendations or suggestions for me of works I should include, I'd be most grateful if you'd let me know! Thanks so much.
List 1: English-Language Young Adult Dystopian Novels, 1960-1999 (with links)
List 2: English-Language Young Adult Dystopian Novels, 2000-Present (with links)
List 3: A Select Bibliography of Secondary Sources on YA Dystopian Fiction (with links)

My Autographed Copy of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
eldritchhobbit: (B7/Vila)
It's official! I'm delighted to say that I'll be giving two hour-long talks at Loncon 3: The 72nd World Science Fiction Convention in London this summer. One will be with the Young Adult Track, "Millennials and Worlds Gone Wrong: Or, Why These Aren't Your Grandparents' YA Dystopias," and one will be with the Academic Track, "Sherlock Holmes and Science Fiction." It looks like I'll be on some terrific panels, as well. I'll post my schedule when I know it. (Special thanks to [livejournal.com profile] peadarog!)

I'd also like to offer my congratulations to my undergraduate and graduate students who were chosen to present their original research from this semester formally during Lenoir-Rhyne University's campus-wide SOURCE: Symposium on University Research and Creative Expression. Three cheers for Elena Margo Gould ("Black Elk's Syncretic Spirituality"), Angelia Bedford ("Native Americans and the Criminal Justice System"), Liz Goebelbecker ("Spirit for Sale"), and Leah Phillips ("A Study of How Euro-American Disease and Medicine Affected the Nebraska Winnebago Native"). Well done!

Some Kickstarters of interest:
- Edgar Allan Poe illustrated "Ravings of Love & Death" (Thanks to Diane!) This one ends today!
- The Miskatonic School for Girls: Holiday Break Expansion (Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] sittingduck1313!)
- Geek Theater: Anthology of Science Fiction & Fantasy Plays
- Star Wars Lightsabers from Science Fiction to Science Fact

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