Tag Archives: Homer

12 Books of Christmas: The Iliad

We are at an interesting moment in cultural awareness, where all cultural values in The West ™ are being renegotiated for new sensibilities and emergent values. One recent focus for these has been Leia, from Star Wars. Two things seem to … Continue reading

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Suicide Squad [2016]

There is exactly one great ensemble-based action-adventure: the Iliad. Achilles is clearly the main character, inasmuch as his choices shape the narrative, but the bulk of the action features the other badasses being badass – Hektor propping up the entire … Continue reading

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Fast and Furious 7 [2015] – Part 2

In Part 1 I wrote about things that caught my eye, but which weren’t really the central chasis of the story. In this part, it’s time to tackle the real meaning of Christmas: Jason Statham. Action movies are built on … Continue reading

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Fictional Nemeses

I recently caught up with Steven Spielberg’s Catch Me If You Can [2002]. While it was a fun little semi-comical adventure, and the cast all did what they were supposed to do, it was far too amiable and straightforward for … Continue reading

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Testing literary hypotheses

I would say that this year there has been a big improvement in my writing technique, both from the point of view of gaming material and from the point of view of academic writing. An improvement that hasn’t been without … Continue reading

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Troilus and Cressida

Troilus and Cressida is Shakespeare’s perspective on the Trojan War, not so much from Homer, but from Chaucer, whose source was apparently Italian. I am not certain what to make of this play, and so far, my critical reading is … Continue reading

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Translations of Homer

Recently I bought a third translation of Homer: the translation by Alexander Pope. It, alas, lacks the famous preface where he decried the Odyssey as unworthy of translation. You see, he loved the Iliad, and only translated the second work … Continue reading

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