August 23rd, 2012


a collection of excellent readings

Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Shooter - this is an great article exploring one of the most interesting first person shooter games (Spec Ops: The Line) to come out of the current crop. I found it both powerful and moving, which is something that I didn't think I would ever say about video game journalism. I'm not sure how well it reads to someone who has never played a shooter before, but it is not particularly long, and I hope you give it a shot.

Fear of a Black President - This is just a stunning examination of the Obama presidency through the lens of race, both black and white. It delves into the past, both distant and recent, to explore the way in which blackness and Obama are very much intertwined. I find it hard to summarize this piece. It's long and it covers a lot of ground. TNC is a writer I already really respected, but this just blew me away. I feel like it expanded my mind.

Film Crit Hulk: What the Fuck Is It About Batman? (warning: Hulk-style writing aka ALL CAPS) - I really like Film Crit Hulk. He's such a thoughtful, intelligent writer really willing to try to dig into the heart of the issue. I was looking around for some good discussion on the ever-eternal Batman vs. Superman debate, and this post really clarified it for me and gave me another way of looking at it. I think it will be one of my go-to references the next time a dude tells me that Superman is boring.

Found anything really good yourself? Drop me a link. I'd love to read it.

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