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A Visitor's Guide to Mystic Falls
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The Psychology of the Simpsons
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A Visitor's Guide to Mystic Falls

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Damon Versus the Feminist Vampire Movement

by Jon Skovronon The Vampire Diaries

The Vampire Diaries is a perfect example of an age-old battle between opposites. Not Good and Evil, of course. Neither the book nor the show is so didactic as to portray any character as purely Good or purely Evil. No, I’m talking about that other age-old conflict: Boy Vampires vs. Girl Vampires. The conflict began a long time ago, in a place kind of far away . . .

The year was 1816. Many called it the “Year without a Summer” because of a series of strange weather events in northern Europe that extended the rains of spring straight into fall. The earnest young English physician John William Polidori found himself in a Gothic villa near Geneva with his good friend and frequent traveling companion, the poet Lord Byron, and guests Claire Clairmont, Percy Bysshe Shelley, and Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. Since they were forced to stay indoors by the … read more»

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Coffee at Luke's

Dining with the Gilmores

by Gregory Stevensonon Gilmore Girls

I am a most unlikely fan of Gilmore Girls: A thirty-something, testosterone-fueled male whose ideal recreation involves bruising football matches and obscure martial arts; a person who any day would choose a horrible Steven Seagal movie over anything starring Meryl Streep. And yet I find myself enamored of this family … read more»

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Investigating CSI

The Reality of CSI: Miami

by Detective Christine Kruse-Feldsteinon CSI

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The Psychology of the Simpsons

Self-Esteem in Springfield

by Philip J. Mazzocco, Robert M. Arkinon The Simpsons

“These fumes aren’t as fun as beer. Sure, I’m all dizzy and nauseous, but where’s the inflated sense of self-esteem?”

–B. GUMBLE

“I pity the fool who derives his self-esteem from mocking other people’s clothes.”

–MR. T (guest spot)

Many facets of psychology are explored and lampooned mercilessly on The … read more»

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Unraveling the Mysteries of The Big Bang Theory

Introduction: Unraveling the Mysteries of The Big Bang Theory

by George Beahmon The Big Bang Theory

“We have a perfect life. We go to the lab, we do our research, we eat, we watch Lord of the Rings. Who has a better life than us?”

–Dr. Sheldon Cooper, to Dr. Leonard Hofstadter, in the 2006 pilot

 

Movies and television shows about geeks are nothing new. In fact, the premise of … read more»

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