Bruce Springsteen and the artistic necessity of cultural appropriation

The Boss’ new album will be composed of entirely culturally appropriated songs, a collection of “soul music” covers, but that is inherently a good thing.  Harold Bloom’s seminal The Anxiety of Influence reveals why all art, if not all ideas entirely, can be seen as the product of cultural appropriation.  Bruce Springsteen is just the… Continue reading Bruce Springsteen and the artistic necessity of cultural appropriation

Fantasy games and literature: The woke crusade against the genre continues

A recent article in Harper’s Bazaar concludes that fantasy has become a “stronghold for white supremacy,” starting with the work of J.R.R Tolkien, which can be reduced to “the story of white men reclaiming their world.”  This is a radical retelling of an incredibly complex genre, requiring the erasure of seminal fantasy authors such as… Continue reading Fantasy games and literature: The woke crusade against the genre continues

The Rings of Power: The good, the bad, and the Spielberg

Beyond the accusations of woke casting or challenges modernizing Christian morality, the problem has always been that no one alive can write on the level required to realize Tolkien’s vision.  Tolkien was a master of his craft and a singular genius, one of the greatest writers who ever lived and widely considered the greatest of… Continue reading The Rings of Power: The good, the bad, and the Spielberg

Amazon’s woke take on Tolkien provokes another racial controversy

The announcement that there will be elves, dwarves, and other species of color prompts Tolkien purists to claim Amazon Studios is destroying the franchise, which of course prompts accusations of racism and bigotry from the usual suspects.  Of course, few bother to consider that elves and dwarves aren’t real and aren’t human at all… Last… Continue reading Amazon’s woke take on Tolkien provokes another racial controversy

Woke in fantasyland: They’re coming for Dungeons & Dragons now and the entire fantasy genre next

“Core design elements” of the world’s most popular role playing game - you know, stuff like good and evil itself - must be changed to satisfy the woke generation, but we all know nothing will be enough because Dungeons & Dragons was dominated by white dudes, or something “It’s a game that was dominated by… Continue reading Woke in fantasyland: They’re coming for Dungeons & Dragons now and the entire fantasy genre next