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Walking a Thin Line

The Dichotomy of Healing and Destruction at Seattle Grace

by Tanya Michaelson Grey's Anatomy

In a television show where all the regular cast members work in the medical profession (and even recurring secondary characters include nurses, a former surgeon, and a veterinarian), a show set around hospitals with Grace and Mercy in their names, you could draw the logical conclusion that the show’s central theme is healing. Of course, in the case of Grey’s Anatomy, you would be wrong.

At the beginning and end of each episode, title character Meredith Grey provides voiceovers that clue viewers in to the theme. Some of the concepts echoed in both the show’s main plot and subplots include time, family, anger, gluttony, deception, denial, and competition. However, while there may have only been one episode that specified destruction as its theme (“The Self-Destruct Button,” 1-7), as far as I can tell, the concept of destruction in its various forms has been the backbone of the series for the entire … read more»

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Loop-Surface Security: The Image of the Towel in a Vagabond Universe

by Mark W. Tiedemannon the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series

Douglas Adams’ repeated inability to find his towel during a stay with friends led to an assumption of a standard of competence not commonly accepted by most humans on Earth. In milieus concerned with academic skill, physical prowess, cleverness, ruthlessness and appearance as standards of competence, it is often the … read more»

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Dismembered Starlings and Neutered Minds

by Naomi Woodon the His Dark Materials series

Many people, when asked, say that childhood’s most appealing trait is innocence. Associated with purity, with truth and with goodness, innocence is an essential part of all we say we value, something to be cherished, nurtured, protected. In the book of Genesis, innocence was irrevocably lost when Adam and Eve … read more»

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The Panem Companion

How Panem Came to Be

by V. Arrowon the Hunger Games trilogy

Although conjectures about geological cataclysm would explain the physical borders–perhaps even the provincial organization–of Panem, its true dystopian horror comes from a cataclysm of a more anthropogenic nature. Panem is post-apocalyptic because of the end of our known world geography, but it is dystopian because of its political, socioeconomic, and … read more»

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Sookeh! Bee-ill! and the Downfall of William T. Compton

by Jonna Rubinon True Blood

Everyone loves a bad boy, especially if he’s a vampire. I mean, isn’t that why vampires are experiencing such a renaissance in pop culture? Isn’t that why an alarming number of my contemporaries–thirtysomething women, ahem–have a life size cutout of Edward Cullen in their possession?

Don’t get me wrong–nice … read more»

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