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Monthly Archives: June, 2012

Doctor Who and Jesus: Doctor Who, River Song, and Steven Moffat’s Messianic Narrative

This is a Gaudy long-form essay, the second in our continuing series. Consider yourself spoiler-alerted. From its inception in 1963 to its rebirth – or regeneration—in 2005, the BBC’s Doctor … Continue reading

June 29, 2012 · Leave a comment

A Brief & Incomplete Poetic Analysis of Jason Mraz

Jason Mraz’s “I Won’t Give Up” has been on my mind. I can’t decide whether the lyrics drive me insane, or whether I approve of its call for committed romantic … Continue reading

June 26, 2012 · Leave a comment

Letters of Love (or something like it): Sir Kenneth Branagh

This is the first in (what promises to be) a long collection of letters to celebrities, writers, fictional characters, and inanimate objects, all of whom either will never or can … Continue reading

June 24, 2012 · Leave a comment

Gaudy Theories on Books Lost and Gained, Part I

Book people are odd specimens. Human beings are odd in and of themselves; then there are literate human beings, who promptly set about to convert the illiterate; and then there … Continue reading

June 23, 2012 · Leave a comment

Of dogs and writers and caves

When I walk into the cave, I see chaos. A tub of basketballs; a box of tennis rackets and helmets; golf clubs; a weed-whacker; the upstanding red wheelbarrow, upon which … Continue reading

June 21, 2012 · Leave a comment

Dollhouse Living: Pastiche and the Wes Anderson Experience

This is a Gaudy long-form essay, the first to be posted on this blog.  Despite the fact that I was born eighty-six years too late, I had a genuinely happy … Continue reading

June 20, 2012 · 2 Comments

The Gospel of Reading According to Peter

I learn something each time I read Gaudy Night. Sometimes I learn about British sartorial language in the 1930s. Sometimes I learn about political analysis and pre-feminism and the nature … Continue reading

June 18, 2012 · Leave a comment

Highly Recommended: La Règle du jeu

After the great Macbook debate of 2012, I spent some time cradling my film collection, wondering about its fate in this, the “post-DVD era.” I tried not to despair, but, upon … Continue reading

June 17, 2012 · Leave a comment

Credit Default Swaps in Togas

I love Michael Lewis. After hearing him called the best business writer (“like, ever”) I read The Big Short, Home Game, Liar’s Poker and am impatiently waiting for Moneyball. My … Continue reading

June 16, 2012 · Leave a comment

In the age of mechanical reproduction

I was convinced that my first post for this  project would have to be staggeringly insightful. I’m still hoping that this will turn into something coherent as I write; for … Continue reading

June 15, 2012 · 1 Comment

Myers-Briggs and the Art of Fiction

Hannah badgered me into taking a non-official Myers-Briggs test last week. She unleashed a full-sized MBTI Mother Grindel with a gleam in her eye when she spotted an untested acquaintance. … Continue reading

June 13, 2012 · Leave a comment

Carving Out a Writing Cave

Philip Roth works in a shed. David McCullough works in a (albeit well-decorated) shed. I respect one writer, adore the other; now I, too, work in a shed, though I … Continue reading

June 8, 2012 · 2 Comments

Welcome to Gaudy

Welcome to Gaudy. It’s lovely to see you. Gaudy is a forthcoming online multiplatform cultural magazine. We like to think of ourselves as tweeting PreRaphaelites or the Inklings with a … Continue reading

June 1, 2012 · 1 Comment