Dune: A Concoction of Myth

I watched a movie from 1984 last night.  These were the highlights: Patrick Stewart with a mullet, clumsy fight scenes meant to be exciting and fast-paced, Sting as a villain with clown hair, Styrofoam rocks, red-headed villains, Kyle Maclachlan’s lion mane of hair, a boil-faced baron, sweat (way to much sweat), spittle, eyebrows the size... Continue Reading →


Comedy and Human Nature in Winnie-the-Pooh

The Winnie-the-Pooh ride at Disneyland is conveniently located next to Splash Mountain.  This means, if you travel there with a child who is old enough to ride everything and a child who is only old enough to wreak havoc, you can split up and have everybody be happy.  Well, everybody except the parent who has... Continue Reading →

Huck Finn’s Truthful Eyes

I once gave a presentation in an undergraduate grammar and usage course about the correct usage of “between you and me.”  Saying “between you and I” is incorrect.  On my handout, I included several quotes that demonstrated this usage, and I had included quotes from both Mark Twain and Samuel Clemens.  Of course, I knew... Continue Reading →

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