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What really sunk the titanic? Zombies. (I review Deck Z)

Deck Z: The Titanic Deck Z: The Titanic by Chris Pauls and Matt Solomon As you can tell from the cover and the title, Pauls and Solomon ask “What would happen if there had been zombies on the Titanic?” Then they answer that question.  The novel is a straight-forward, well-written adventure tale without much depth, […]

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Zombies on my table

I just got this in the mail.  Now all I need is to gather three friends who want to play it.

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In which I pontificate and prognosticate

I was recently interviewed via email for a graduate student paper.  The interview questions are block-quoted below, with my answers left-aligned. 1) For how many years has your class been running? Four.  This coming January will be the fourth time I teach it. 2) Do you know of any similar classes being taught at other […]

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Comics Roundup: Eat or Be Eaten

Chew, issues 1-6, by John Layman and Rob Guillory Chew tells the story of Tony Chu, a “cibopathic” detective who learns clues by eating things.  It’s pretty yucky, but funny.  The story takes place in a post bird-flu world where chicken has been outlawed.  Chu and his partner work for the FDA tracking down black […]

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Year in Review: cinema and television

I watched just over five dozen films this year; here are my favorites (among the movies I saw for the first time): Cinema Star Trek – I enjoyed this rollicking rethinking of the original space adventure.  I loved the way Abrams kept the old continuity and erased it at the same time–it’s a cute plot […]

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Ralph Nader vs. Zombies (and Robots)

An Unreasonable Man Zombies vs. Robots Complete by Chris Ryall and Ashley Wood For my double reviews, I try to pair two texts I’ve finished closely together and review them as if they were meant to connect.  As perhaps my strangest connection yet, I’m now reviewing Zombies vs. Robots and An Unreasonable Man.  First, a […]

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[REC]

[REC] is a Spanish zombie film with a pretty simple premise — a television crew gets trapped inside a quarantined building during some sort of 28 Days Later-style outbreak.  Like The Blair Witch Project, the camera itself becomes part of the film, limiting the perspective the viewer has, a constant source of tension for the […]

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The Stupidest Angel

A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror by Christopher Moore When my book club was looking for a holiday book to read, I remembered that our focus on speculative fiction, rather than science fiction, stemmed from an early proclivity of the group to read fantasy as much as to read science fiction.  So I suggested an […]

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Parsing the waiting list

So I teach a class that’s VERY popular and has pretty limited seats –18 according to the schedule.  I usually allow three or four students to add the class, but since it’s a seminar-style course, more than that would make the conversation and experience pretty different and difficult.  Not to mention the extra grading for […]

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In which ten minutes are compressed into two sentences

I was interviewed as a part of a story this week: …At Columbia College Chicago, Brendan Riley teaches a class exclusively on the zombie zeitgeist, starting with movies of the 1930s. His media studies class, taught in an intensive January session, meets for several hours each day and enrollment usually takes a few rounds. Eager […]

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Night of the Living Dorks

Zombie season: 1 Imagine that you found the excised bits of an early American Pie script. Then, having recently enjoyed such teen zombedies as Idle Hands or My Boyfriend’s Back, you would make Night of the Living Dorks, or perhaps Boy Eats Girl. As I said, this film reminds me a lot of other teen […]

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Gearing up for J-session

As you all know, I teach a j-session course each year called “Zombies in Popular Media.”  To keep myself up to date and stay on track, I use November, December, and January as zombie months, watching only Zombie movies from my personal queue.  This year, instead of the haphazard randomness I usually use to decide […]

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In case you missed Glee this week

Finn:  “I don’t think one decision makes your life, unless you accidentally invent some kind of zombie virus or something.”

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In which I pontificate on the significance of zombies

I was interviewed for this week’s edition of Are We Alone? Science Radio for Thinking Species. You can go to the website to listen to the episode “Skeptic Check: Waking the Dead,” or you can listen to the bits with me right here, when I get them edited up. Update 2009 09 23: I’ve excerpted […]

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In which I am a counter-example

In an essay about the rise of zombies in popular media, the author takes a pot shot at “brain dead” English classes, and uses me as a counter-example (someone not brain dead?). Peter Wood writes, for the National Association of Scholars: Perhaps the central question for the National Association of Scholars is whether the proliferation […]

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