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When Life Hands You Lemons . . .

Reprinted from The Dudespaper. Our pal Stella Quinn is back to share some sage advice and sympathy. When life throws you down in the dumps, you can’t be worried about that shit. Or rather, you can. And in fact maybe you should throw a tantrum. The trick is to acknowledge (and even enjoy?) the gutterballs. […]

Creedence and the Fuckin’ Eagles, Man

My latest article in The Dudespaper discusses the Eagles and Creedence — divergent poles of musical Dudeism, or merely birds of a different feather? I should begin this by admitting that I like the Eagles. Lots of their tunes rock, and the Eagles will forever have geek street cred as the authors of “Journey of […]

Dudeism for Chicks

This is a reprint of my article published in The Dudespaper. Far out! Recently some in the media have accused Dudeism of being “phallocentric.” This accusation will not stand! The Dudeocracy minds, dude! Rev. Stella Quinn discusses what it means to be a female Dudeist in this strongly imaginal article. By Rev. Stella Quinn High […]

Homework Help: Animal Farm

My little sister’s homework this week: come up with a solid thesis statement for George Orwell’s Animal Farm. As usual, she was given a prompt straight out of some crappy standard curriculum book: “Why did George Orwell choose to use satire when writing Animal Farm?” What a boring question. Why would Orwell use satire? Why […]

That which I do, I do for all mankind

I know I’ve been hating on Twilight for some time now. I read the first book and saw the first flick, and at first thought it was a harmless teenybopper phenomenon for chicks who wanted the plot of Wuthering Heights without all the big long words that are hard to read. But the continued popularity […]

Poetry in “The Hobbit”

J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit is a novel and not an anthology of poetry, yet it contains dozens of poems withing the text, supporting the plot, providing humor, and enriching the overall themes and mythos of the work. The text, poems, and illustrations are all Tolkien’s work and appeal particularly to young readers for their simplicity, […]

The Court Jesters of Science Fiction

Reporters seem to serve as the dupes of the science fiction world. Why is it that the monster always eats the reporter first? Come to think of it, what has journalism got to do with sci-fi? It’s supposed to be about lasers and space monsters, right? The media are represented in various ways; as storytelling […]