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August 11, 2022

Andrew J. Friedenthal

Andrew J. Friedenthal is writer, an editor, a cultural scholar and historian, based in Austin, Texas. His book "Retcon Game: Retroactive Continuity and the Hyperlinking of America" is published by Univ. of Mississippi Press. He is regular contributor to Time Out Austin and the Austin American-Statesman.

Popcorn Strength

"Fear." This is the last line of the evil, demonic Pennywise the Clown in the 2017 version of "It," based on the horror novel by Stephen King. As far as villainous...

Love and Sex in the Time of Incels

One lesson to be drawn from the history of opinion writing and sane thought might be this: Don’t ever use the phrase “Which brings me to the sex robots.”  Yet...

Memories like a Bomb, like a Bullet: Why the Nostalgia Industry Is Here to Stay

FLASH: It’s last month. I’m in Washington D.C. for work in a neighborhood that was one of my old stomping grounds when I lived here over a decade back....

‘Black Panther,’ white critic

I’m a human being with two eyes and a heart, which means that naturally I loved the movie “Black Panther.” However, like every single person who saw that film, I...

The Toys That Played Us

Netflix recently released the first four episodes of a new documentary series called The Toys That Made Us, which tells the stories behind some of the most popular toy lines...

The Comics of 2017

I’m a comic book fiend. Or at least I used to be. Since the much-ballyhooed “Death of Superman” storyline in 1992, comic books have been my favorite artistic medium. Throughout...

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