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And My Stereo Sang

AND MY STERO SANG BY: Jabram Raven Allen Sep. 2014
In the midnight hour amidst my apartment's withering flowers, my stereo sang. Physically, hideously out of date, it sat faithfully within my rooms moldy silence blurting out hymns of blasphemous New Age choirs; all this it did as I sat at a small glass table covered with simple white cloth bemoaning my fate upon this wretched orb. I sat in mortal darkness silently, cursing life; only my fear of hell kept me from reaching for that I most desired – a swift and sudden death. While heaving in unwanted breaths, my salt rimmed eyes caught a glimpse of a spirited shadow that appeared swiftly above my fireplace, a dancing Rorschach whose twin ruby embers plunged through my self induced cannabis, pinot fog piercing deeply into my battered brain. Of what horrid shapes its confusing blots presented my weary soul in its fevered state I dare not say; especially not of that fearful image through which it showed me its disdain for all who fell w…

Winter is Coming

I totally agree that George R.R. Martin is as stated by Time magazine "The American Tolkien" . Being a fan of pseudo-historical stories, novels and plays ranging from Tolkien's" Lord Of The Rings" to Chaucer's  Canterbury Tales,  I would have to place Martin among the top creators of medieval fantasy and pseudo-history. It is obvious through numerous details existing within the teleplay version of "Game Of Thrones" that Martin is an ardent observer of Europe's Medieval era and folklore. "Game Of Thrones" is probably the greatest television phenomenon since Buffy, Star Trek or Xena.

What is remarkable about Martin's attention to history is that even throughout his creation of pseudo-history, he mentions various  geographic locations such as  "The Land Of The Nazarenes' " during Daney's trek through the "The Red Waste", people of color being presented as nobles and nomadic lords as oppose to slaves or fo…

Looking Back on "Man of Steel"

Reviewing "Man of Steel's" opening act/scene (Destruction of Krypton). For racist of all stripes, it was extremely disturbing to witness a presumably all white, technologically advanced society be caught in the midst of ecological, political and planetary chaos. For racists there is an immediate assumption that homogenous populations breed perfect societies -Ha! Can you say French Revolution, Bolsheviks,1776? What was disquieting for people of color was the obvious absence of Kryptonians of color. Kryptonians of color sewn throughout the opening scenes depicting Krypton's destruction would have equated to a just technologically advanced society.

What has been covertly deposited into the minds of Superman audiences was the myth of white supremacy and that it can only be achieved in the absence of people of color. Its very much like the opening scenes of the Shining in which its plush, elegant hotel possesses native American art, but no native Americans. I.e. whites c…