Today is Veteran’s Day my dear readers. To those of you have served, one veteran to another, thank you. For everyone else, please keep reading before you do the same. I am marking the holiday as is tradition among those who served in the military
Happy Independence Day my dear readers – if you don’t mind, today I’m going to be talking about something a little personal. Growing up, I used to love watching fireworks on the Fourth of July. Watching the skies crackle with color as we celebrated Independence
While there has been a notable British presence in global culture for centuries, and in modern pop culture since the British Invasion of the 60s, but one must admit, there has been an upswing as of late. Monty Python made waves with its farewell tour, and James Bond is better than ever. BBC shows like The Musketeers, Sherlock and Doctor Who are ratings gold. Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings/Hobbit books and movies have defined fantasy for a generation. None of this is surprising – what is surprising though, is that thanks to social networking, we are witnessing an embryonic British subculture akin to what is more common from Japan or China.
Today my dear readers, I am literally taking a stroll down memory lane. For the first time since 2010, I am standing in Fort Gordon, Georgia, a military base where I spent a year of my time in the US Army. I’ll be the first to admit, my time here had its ups and downs, but save perhaps the intense and unforgettable ten weeks I spent in basic training, had more of an influence on who I am today than perhaps any time of my life. So needless to say, it got me reflecting on the old days, and upon lingering thoughts of the greatest paradox about military service.
It’s beginning to look like the NFL is going to have to play a game of political football before season’s kickoff this fall. The recurring controversy of the Washington Redskins chosen team name is back in the news again, this time because of a recent announcement by the US Patent and Trademark office to cancel the Redskins trademark. While some have hailed this is a decisive victory for supporters of a name change – though I’d be quick to point out this has happened before and nothing changed – all it seems to have successful done at the moment is to reignite one of the sports world’s nastiest debates.
Last year on May Day, I took the occasion to introduce you to one of my overarching fictional projects, a work of alternate history I’ve named after its most defining feature, the Communist Confederacy, explaining both the rich history of alternate histories about a surviving
So you’ve got one day in Richmond? Despite the large numbers of hipsters and the vocal minority that continues to mourn the defeat of the Confederacy, I dare say Richmond is a great city. That’s not just because I’m somewhat biased, having been born and