'Harry Potter & The Methods Of Rationality' Brings An Epic Cliffhanger

The world contains many wonderful things. Fanfic— especially masterful fanfic like Harry Potter & The Methods of Rationality— is on that list. But writer Eliezer Yudkowsky, aka Less Wrong, stands over a cliffside, off which his readers desperately hang. The magnificent son of a bitch has given his readers a pop quiz,… » 2/28/15 9:34pm Today 9:34pm

On The Agency of Heroines, and Why Ripley's Not The Best Symbol For It

This post is about fictional female agency, inspired by the post from Charlie Jane Anders. It's an all call to writers of literature, TV, Film, online series, web comics, paper napkins, whatever. It's also an invitation for you to look a bit more closely at some characters who are getting a bit too much or too little… » 2/17/15 4:13pm 2/17/15 4:13pm

A Misanthrope's Guide To Avoiding Love on Valentine's Day

Romance is not for everyone. That's fine, and good, and as it should be. Feel free to indulge your rom com fantasies to your heart's content, if that's your thing. On the other hand, some of us despise emotional contact and are wary of Valentine's Day and all its pomps, 'cause THATS WHEN THEY GET YOU. » 2/13/15 2:23pm 2/13/15 2:23pm

Jupiter Ascending Is Bad and the Wachowskis Should Feel Bad

I can scarcely remember the last time I went into a movie theater with such strong hopes for a movie. I'd read some reviews, but the gist of them was that it was still enjoyable despite having kind of a weak plot. Yeah... no. Jupiter Ascending is bad. The Wachowskis should feel bad. I picture them sitting at a dining… » 2/10/15 5:40pm 2/10/15 5:40pm

Why Superheroes Tend Not To Have Sex In Movies... Or Don't They?

Courtesy of Comic Book Resources, writer and sex columnist Dan Savage had some interesting things to say about the prevalent lack of sex in superhero movies. Is this accurate? Is it fair? I'm not a fan of generalizations, so let's pick this sucker apart and examine the whys, whats, and ifs, shall we? » 2/08/15 5:18pm 2/08/15 5:18pm

Powers 101: Who's Who and What's What

This week saw the onset of the inimitable Powers Volume 5 (or is it 4? There was Powers: Bureau so the numbering's a bit hinky)! I promised you a breakdown of the major players and events, but I'm going to keep this as spoiler-light as possible. The point is not to catch you up— the point is to make you want to catch… » 2/06/15 2:14pm 2/06/15 2:14pm

You have my condolences. No one can rightly tell you what is and isn't okay to be feeling, right now.

If you have any interest, I've written about the grieving process. You can contact me and I'd be happy to share it. caseyjonescaseyjones at gmail dot com. » 2/05/15 7:54pm 2/05/15 7:54pm