Midge and Lenny

The first episode of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel contains the greatest television scene I’ve ever witnessed. Until reaching that magic moment, viewers receive introductory material about Miriam “Midge” Maisel, a well-to-do resident of the Upper West Side in New York during the late 1950s.  Her husband’s a professional, her father’s a mathematician at Columbia University, […]

Finding Shinganagh: An Irish Homecoming

In 2019, Worldcon, the annual World Science Fiction Convention, happened in Dublin, Ireland.  Beyond enjoying the convention, my time on the Emerald Isle represented a homecoming, an unexpected reunion of sorts, because I connected with my familial roots in a stunningly unexpected way. The process began with my mother, who passed in 2004, and who […]

Swamp Thing’s Kin

If you ever go back into Wooley Swamp, son, you better not go at night!There’s things out there in the middle of them woodsThat’d make a strong man die from fright!There’s things that crawl, and things that fly,And things that creep around on the ground!And they say the ghost of Lucias Clay gets up and […]

A Thank You to Maurine Starkey: Jim Steranko’s History of Comics and the Dream

My excellent friend the Hugo-award winning Maurine Starkey reconnected me with a significant artifact from my childhood, Jim Steranko’s two-volume History of Comics.  My first copies disappeared from my father’s storage warehouse during the 1980s, along with a large portion of my library.  Online agencies – eBay, for example — have helped many to acquire […]

The Merovingian

Much about the Matrix series confuses me, so while I’ve seen the films I haven’t become so much a fan as an interested observer. Nonetheless, as with literature like Finnegans Wake or Ezra Pound’s Cantos, I find elements that compel me to try harder, to strive toward answering the question, “What the hell are they […]

Considering “Your Auntie Grizelda”

Every Saturday at 6 PM, WTBU 89.3 Boston, the “Beat of Boston University,” airs Your Auntie Grizelda with DJ Amber playing a selection of music from the 1950s to the 1980s. Most student listeners might require an explanation about the show’s title to help them understand its significance. More than a few older faculty members, […]