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Flirtin' with the Monster

Kristina Speaks Up

by "Kristina" on Crank and Glass

I’m not exactly sure where to begin, but to describe where my heart was at the beginning and how it got lost along the way. Any way you look at things, I’d like it to be known that I’ve always wanted to do the right thing. Even when it came right down to destruction and carnage in my wake, I looked upon myself in a kind of helpless and detached way: a flailing passenger on a tumultuous runaway train destined to destroy everything in my path, knowing my own demise will be eminent upon encountering the slightest obstacle yet unable still to do anything but watch on autopilot and hang on for dear life.

I don’t blame anyone for my actions, or try to blame a bad childhood for my faults–in all actuality, I had a very privileged upbringing. I didn’t really see it as such, being your typical teenager, but … read more»

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Boarding the Enterprise

We Find the One Quite Adequate

by Michael A. Bursteinon Star Trek: The Original Series

In the third season of Star Trek, the episode “Is There in Truth No Beauty?” (3-5) introduced the Vulcan concept of Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations, abbreviated as IDIC. IDIC was their philosophy of respecting the differences of others.

If Star Trek stood for anything, it stood for that concept, the … read more»

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Webslinger

Peter Parker's Penance

by Lawrence Watt-Evanson Spiderman

Consider two boys. The first is a lad not yet in his teens who sees his beloved parents gunned down in the street by a petty crook, and who is helpless to do anything to save them.

The second is a teenager whose beloved uncle is gunned down by a petty … read more»

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The Psychology of the Simpsons

For Better, or Worse?

by Wind Goodfriend, Ph.D.on The Simpsons

“The course of true love never did run smooth.”

–Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Act I, scene i

The media seems obsessed with following the lives of famous couples, watching and commenting as relationships run their course from flirting, through initial dating, perhaps marriage and eventually (most often) a horrific, … read more»

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A Friday Night Lights Companion

Introduction: A Friday Night Lights Companion

by Will Leitchon Friday Night Lights

As a rule, I am a composed, stoic person, constitutionally hard-wired to keep my emotions to myself. This is a byproduct of growing up in the Midwest, I suspect. It’s not that showing emotion is a sign of weakness among my family in Central Illinois; it’s just considered unnecessary, a … read more»

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