Two quick announcements:
I have an essay on story structure and Veronica Mars coming out in a BenBella Books' Smart Pop collection. I will let you know when it comes out.
For those of you in Oxford, The Wadham film society is screening Jim Jarmusch's Dead Man, in which Johnny Depp, an accountant lost in the Wild West of 1851 is told he is the reincarnation of William Blake. Guest stars include Gary Farmer, Crispin Glover, Lance Henriksen, John Hurt, Iggy Pop, Billy Bob Thornton, Gabriel Byrne, Alfred Molina, and Robert Mitchum in his last film appearance; soundtrack by Neil Young. A fantastic and weird movie. Because the film is an example of what my thesis calls an imaginary biography, I will be introducing the film, and giving a short paper afterward on parallels between Jarmusch's strange portrayal of Blake and Blake's strange portrayal of John Milton. 9 June, Moser Theater, 8pm.
And a quick teaser: upcoming blogs (since I have a few in the can) will include discussions of All Star Batman and Robin the Boy Wonder, the song Fault Lines by the Mountain Goats (a three part blog), and the children's book Harold and the Purple Crayon (a four part blog).