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“All my life I’ve looked at words as though I were seeing them for the first time.” –Ernest Hemingway How many can claim that their understanding of the word “Apocalypse” spurred from—no, not the Bible—a 3,000 year old super villain left over from ancient Egyptian times that exists in only the Marvel Universe? How about their first taste of Greek Mythology coming from a straight-laced leader of the X-Men: Cyclops? All writers for this site, put down your hands. My love for literature started when I was sitting on my front porch when I was six-ish years old. A lanky, ugly, and unfoundedly pompous young gentleman named Brian Kronner crashed his bike in my front lawn because he was trying to carry too many action figures. From this introduction, I began reading comic books voraciously. I loved the ideas, and the words that got me there. Brian opened doors for me through this clumsiness, a trait he never quite got over. It was only a matter of time until that appetite for ideas took me to new areas like Mark Twain, Billy Shakespeare, and Ernest Hemingway. That’s where I’m coming from.

Book Review – ‘Paul is Undead: The British Zombie Invasion’

In preparation for last week’s Paul McCartney concert at Comerica Park in downtown Detroit, Michigan, I picked up a copy of Alan Goldsher’s Paul is Undead: The British Zombie Invasion. Here’s the premise:

John, Paul, and George were…er…are zombies, with extraordinary powers like super strength and speed, mind control, and unprecedented musical ability. Ringo is a Seventh Level Ninja Lord. Together, they formed a band the likes the world had never seen: they eat their audiences, may or may not manipulate women, and sing some of the greatest rock and roll the world will ever know. All in the name of what John calls reaching the “Toppermost of the Poppermost”, which may or may not be a euphemism for taking over the world.

The style in which this piece of fiction is presented in much like a true biography would be, relying heavily on “interviews” with important people from the Beatles history, including Julia Lennon (who of course was reanimated by her son John), Mick Jagger (a cantankerous zombie hunter), and the all important “Fifth Beatle”, Sir George Martin (who opposed being turned undead).

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Random-Ass Movie Reviews: Ip Man 2 (or Rocky 4…)

 

Let’s play: Ip Man 2 or Rocky IV!

While watching Ip Man 2 (2010) starring Donnie Yen, a song kept repeating in my head. I had a hard time understanding why one line kept circulating through my thoughts, and an equally hard time understanding my compulsion to be in a Siberian forest trying to outrun Russian KGB agents. Then, as the song started materializing out of my mouth, it became clear: “There’s no easy way out/There’s no shortcut home!”

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Random-Ass Movie Reviews: IP MAN (or Yip Man to you hipsters)

When I sit down to watch a kung fu flick, I expect ridiculous action, a killer soundtrack, and a main character that has the ability to kick everyone’s asses, but won’t because of a higher sense of morality, spirituality, or justice. Now you might be thinking, “Wow, that sounds like a description of Batman Forever!” Shut up your face.

Ip Man was really more than simply a Kung Fu flick; it was a quasi-biopic concerned with the life of Yip Man, a grandmaster of the martial art of Wing Chun (No, not Wang Chung, but like you, I also love that band). While this film, upon cursory research, has severe historical and biographical inaccuracies, the basic premise behind it stands tall:

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