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    MOVIES! TRAILERS!

    >My new video "A HARD DAY'S KNIGHT," in which I don chain mail to find glory, donuts and spare change for my quest. BIGGER SCREEN ON YOU TUBE

    CLASSIC BOOK trailer! [bigger screen on YouTube]

    more videos here

    Thursday
    Nov062014

    Head-Banging, Dice-Rolling, and Summoning Demons: A Talk About 

    I'm excited to be part of this three-way reading/discussion with my nerdy pals Peter Bebergal and Chris Robichaud. Hope you can make it. It's on Tues Nov 25, Pandemonium Books and Games, in Cambridge.

    Head-Banging, Dice-Rolling, and Summoning Demons: A Talk about Rock, Dungeons & Dragons, the Occult, and Philosophy

    A Discussion/Author Signing
    with Christopher Robichaud, Peter Bebergal, and Ethan Gilsdorf
    Tues Nov 25, 2014, 7:00 pm
    Pandemonium Books and Games 

    4 Pleasant St, Cambridge, Mass.

    More info:pandemoniumbooks.com

    How does Led Zeppelin connect to Gary Gygax? Can rock and roll be a religion? Is the Dungeon Master's guide a holy text? Other than that weird kid who taught you how to play D&D in middle school, is anyone actually chaotic evil? Join three writers and gamers -- Christopher Robichaud (hks.harvard.edu/about/faculty-staff-directory/christopher-robichaud), editor of Dungeons and Dragons and Philosophy; Peter Bebergal (mysterytheater.blogspot.com), author of Season of the Witch: How the Occult Saved Rock and Roll; and Ethan Gilsdorf (ethangilsdorf.comauthor of Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks -- for a free-ranging discussion about rock, D&D, the occult, philosophy, dungeonmastery, morality, soul craft, and spiritually. We'll probably talk about the Satan Panic of the 1980s, too, and try to decode that mysterious art on Zeppelin's Houses of the Holy. Followed by a Q&A and book signing with the authors.


    Ethan Gilsdorf. [Photo credit: Mary Ann Guillette.]

    Peter Bebergal

    Christopher Robichaud

    Thursday
    Jun122014

    Pilgrim for a Day

    I'm going to be a Pilgrim for a Day! On Mon June 16, noon-1, join me and deputy director of Plimoth Plantation Richard Pickering, for a Google Hangout live-cast and witness my transformation into 17th-Century Pilgrim, Stephen Deane.

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    Tuesday
    May272014

    June/July classes at Grub Street

    Sunday
    May042014

    Join me for this on Monday night

     

    Tuesday
    Apr152014

    200 People Singing Happy 40th Birthday Dungeons & Dragons

    D&D turned 40 this year. To honor that, at PAX East 2014 (in Boston), I was part of a panel called "Why D&D Is Still Awesome: A 40th Anniversary Dungeons & Dragons Tribute."

    But that didn't seem enough. I tried (and failed) to make a giant 40-sided die birthday cake. Instead, I lead the 200+ person crowd in a rousing "Happy Birthday to Dungeons & Dragons" singalong.

    With David Ewalt, author of Of Dice and Men: The Story of Dungeons & Dragons and The People Who Play It and and Jon Peterson, author of Playing at the World: A History of Simulating Wars, People and Fantastic Adventures, from Chess to Role-Playing Games.

     

     

    Wednesday
    Apr022014

    Help, My Computer Is Turning Me Into A Robot

    Much has been written about technology’s downside. Largely, that critique centers on its de-socializing effects. The Internet and our smart devices distract us, and addict us. They tempt us to not “be present” in real world space. I often feel these things to be true. But my take on the dehumanizing aspects of digital technology is somewhat different. My fear is this: Has my trusty and seemingly innocuous MacBook Air made me more robot-like? Have our computers turned us into them?

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    Saturday
    Mar292014

    Dune is in Your Head

    If you've ever seen the 1984 David Lynch film version of Dune, or the three-part TV mini-series from 2000, you know that both adaptations of Frank Herbert's classic sci-fi novel left plenty of his world on the cutting room floor --- and left something to be desired.

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    Wednesday
    Mar262014

    Hollywood, ditch the childhood nostalgia trip

    I had a piece in USA Today today about Hollywood and Madison Avenue resurrecting dead franchises from the hoary childhoods of Gen Xers.

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    Wednesday
    Mar262014

    How about some edgier Muppet movies?


    A post about possible alternative Muppet movies, from “The Muppets’ Rings of the Lord” and  “The Muppets’ End of the World” to “The Muppets Go Psycho” and  “The Muppets Greatest Story Ever Told.” You might have better ideas.

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    Saturday
    Mar222014

    A 2006 Interview with Ralph Bakshi

    Bakshi in the 1970s. Speaking of unearthed treasures from the past, I just unearthed this 2006 interview I did with legendary experimental animator Ralph Baskhi.

    I recently wrote about him in connection with new, unearthed footage from his Lord of the Rings adaptation.

    I hope you enjoy.

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