strangely - this article has been really therapeutic for me. 17 years ago my ex-wife ... dared? challenged?... me to watch something that i really wasn't comfortable with. I went through therapy on and off for a few years, and many more worth of nightmares and self doubt for the fact that i wasn't tough (or maybe… » 3/08/15 5:34pm 3/08/15 5:34pm

yeah, i've heard all the "They're updated Science Heroes / Adventurers!" apologetics. And you know what? It's not a bad way to go - but could you maybe put them into, you know, SPACE? Or if you're too embarrassed by that, maybe plunge them into the Negative Zone to get their powers. Because "Science Heroes" in a NYC… » 1/28/15 10:04am 1/28/15 10:04am

i was JUST 13 when The Goonies came out, and so, SO steeped in Spielbergian legend and lore. i wanted nothing more than a Super-8 camera so that, no matter how nerdy i was THEN ( and maybe BECAUSE of how nerdy i was then) - by the time that i was 27 - i'd be directing big budget blockbusters, just like my hero. His… » 1/22/15 9:13am 1/22/15 9:13am

Careful, though, literary grave robbers - the legal status of some characters, thought to be in the public domain, isn't quite so clear. I wrote a wickedly-clever web serial a few years back that prominently featured the golden age Buddist hero The Green Lama, and it seems like the family of Kendell Foster Crossen… » 1/21/15 12:22pm 1/21/15 12:22pm