Shakespeare and Political Commentary in 2017

So I was reading a Shakespeare play today (Richard II) and came across this line:   For heaven’s sake let us sit upon the ground And tell sad stories about the death of kings: How some have been deposed, some slain in war, Some haunted by the ghosts they have deposed, Some poisoned by their… Continue reading Shakespeare and Political Commentary in 2017

The Problem of a “Gay” Babadook

Recently, due to an error on Netflix’s part, the 2014 Australian horror film, The Babadook, was listed under LGBT films. The film, about a single mother and her struggles as they involve an evil monster (the eponymous Babadook) bent on destroying her child, is anything but an LGBT-themed film. However, when a photo of Netflix’s… Continue reading The Problem of a “Gay” Babadook

Losing Our Common Sense

If you have ever been a student of history or literature of the United States you have probably heard of the author Thomas Paine.  Hailed as a genius by Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Paine published the pamphlet Common Sense in 1776.  One of the most incendiary and revolutionary pieces ever written, selling over a half a… Continue reading Losing Our Common Sense