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DC: THE NEW FRONTIER… Stripp’d
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- Posted 597 days ago
Ludwig II… Stripp’d
0. The Challenge of Escapism Like Tim Robbins in The Shawshank Redemption (1994), we live our lives obsessed by thoughts of escape. Escape from our jobs, escape from our relationships, escape from our friends and escape from...
- Posted 626 days ago
Food is the archetypal First World problem. While some parts of the world starve and other parts are turned inside out by our demand for low-cost and low-fuss supplies of exotic and increasingly refined foodstuffs, the West...
- Posted 664 days ago
Ooku: The Inner Chambers – Volume 6
Okay, so here’s the thing… I started in on the sixth volume of Ooku: The Inner Chambers without bothering to re-read either the previous volumes in the series or my thoughts on those five books. As a...
- Posted 668 days ago
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- Posted 688 days ago
Ikigami: The Ultimate Limit… Stripp’d
Some would say that beautiful lives bloom only in the shadow cast by death. But while this may very well be true, how could we ever know for sure? Statements like this one and Plato’s ‘the unexamined...
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Universal War One… Stripp’d
The Christian conception of redemption is an oddly commercial one. Grounded in Old Testament talk of ransoming the slaves, redemption is presented as a transaction through which Christians pay off their debt to God and buy back...
- Posted 791 days ago
The Chimpanzee Complex… Stripp’d
This is the first in what will be an on-going series of columns. Every month, Jonathan McCalmont will look at a different set of comics. These comics will usually be part of a series and will either...
- Posted 824 days ago
Ooku: The Inner Chambers – Volume 5
At the end of volume one of Fumi Yoshinaga’s Ooku: The Inner Chambers, the Shogun Yoshimune asks an elderly monk to explain to her “the logic of the present custom” of using male honorifics and titles to...
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