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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

    Sunday
    Aug142016

    The business of nerds

     


    Fandom is big business. Boston Comic Con, one of the region’s largest gatherings of science fiction, horror, fantasy, and comic book fans, is no exception. But how much money does a convention bring to a city like Boston when it rolls into town? My story for the Boston Globe explains.

     

    Sunday
    Aug142016

    The '80s, 'D&D' And Pre-Tech Nostalgia Return In 'Stranger Things'


    Why is "Stranger Things," the original Netflix sci-fi series full of 1980s nostalgia, synthesized music, kids on bikes and "Dungeons & Dragons," so popular? How do the references to other 1980s films influence the reception of the TV series? I appeared on WBUR's Radio Boston to discuss. Listen to the archived show here.

     

    Sunday
    Aug142016

    50 Years On, 'Star Trek' Fandom Continues To Prosper


    Fifty years ago, "Star Trek" aired across the country Captain Kirk, Spock, Scotty and the crew of the Starship Enterprise. What's behind the franchise's enduring appeal, and why is Boston such a Trekkie haven? I appeared on WBUR's Radio Boston to discuss. Listen here.
    Friday
    Aug052016

    The seductive nostalgia of “Stranger Things”

    Over at Salon, I wrote a piece called "Just like ’80s nerd heaven: The seductive nostalgia of “Stranger Things” — and my unexpected ambivalence" that explore how Netflix's supernatural show raids my childhood pop-culture loves, from D&D to E.T. — and I admit, I felt conflicted.

     

    Friday
    Aug052016

    Why D&D is good for you: the podcast


    The folks at Wizards of the Coast, aka D&D headquarters, kindly invited me to be on their Dragon Talk podcats to pax poetic about D&D and why it's so good for you. Hope you enjoy. You can also grab it on iTunes here.

    Sunday
    Jul242016

    William Shatner on “fandom frenzy” and 50 years of “Star Trek


    In this story and Q&A for Salon, I speak to William Shatner about being "Forever Captain Kirk"; he opens up about “fandom frenzy” and 50 years of “Star Trek."

    Wednesday
    Jul202016

    ‘Star Trek’ boldly went where no show had gone before

    Wednesday
    May252016

    I gave a TedX talk "Why Dungeons & Dragons is Good for You (In Real Life)"

    gave a TedX talk entitled "Why Dungeons & Dragons is Good for You (In Real Life)."

    I'm pretty happy with how it came out and I think the positive message about D&D is important to spread. So I'd truly love your help in getting the word out. The more views it gets, and social media likes/retweets/shares it gets, the better chance it has of being featured on the Ted site, which would help prove to the world the game's amazing impact on people's lives. Thanks for watching and helping to spread the word.

    Tuesday
    May102016

    A kind review

    Erik Schmidt, over at the fantastic site Learn Tabletop RPGs, was kind enough to review Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks, and had these kind words to say about my book. Thank you, Erik.

     

    Monday
    May092016

    Blue Man Group goes on ... and on ...

    Blue Man Group began in New York City in 1991; four years later, Boston became the first satellite venue. Today, Blue Man Group Boston continues its astounding run, 21 years and 9,848 performances later, and counting. As the years pass, Boston’s cast and crew have played an increasingly key role in building the Blue Man Group empire. Read the rest of my story for the Boston Globe here.