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The hard part of democracy: Respecting a result you don’t like.

Yesterday, Scotland’s long-awaited referendum on potential independence for the United Kingdom ended with a No vote. The result was fairly decisive, confounding expectations from polls taken just a few days … Continue reading

September 19, 2014 · 3 Comments

My DVD wallet: Comfort movies for an extended trip.

As many of you may know, I have just returned from a month-long trip to Boston to do research for my dissertation project, Ten Years of Winter. If you read my … Continue reading

September 14, 2014 · 3 Comments

Metal for Friday: Avantasia “Reach Out For The Light.” [video]

I’m back from Wacken Open Air, and so many of the great songs I heard there are still ringing in my head. This is one of them. “Reach Out For … Continue reading

August 8, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Last Wacken, Chapter II: An Epic Norwegian Saga of Camp Supplies and Dusty Beer Gardens.

This is Part II of my Wacken Open Air 2014 diary. The first installment is here. WEDNESDAY, JULY 30, 2014. 6:50 AM. On the platform at Hamburg Hauptbanhof. Yes, it’s … Continue reading

August 7, 2014 · 4 Comments

Metal for Friday: Dispatched “Dispatched” [audio].

This epic 14-minute mostly (but not totally) instrumental slab of melodic death metal may seem like an odd choice, but it’s a very special song to me. This is my … Continue reading

July 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

Going both ways in Mexico: Y Tu Mamá También and bisexuality.

Not long ago I re-watched Y Tu Mamá También, the wonderful 2001 film by landmark Mexican director Alfonso Cuarón. This film has always been one of my favorites since the first time I … Continue reading

July 24, 2014 · 2 Comments

Mud, beer and metal: a taste of Wacken Open Air camp life. [video]

As you may have noticed, I’m going to Wacken soon. If you read this blog regularly you know that Wacken Open Air is the biggest metal festival on Earth and … Continue reading

July 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

Metal for Friday: Rhapsody “Emerald Sword” [video].

I’m starting to think about Wacken, where I will be 2 weeks from today. It’s extremely rare for me to start thinking about Wacken so late. In most of the 11 … Continue reading

July 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

Metal for Friday, and the 4th of July: Iced Earth “Declaration Day” [video].

Today is, of course, Independence Day, and the beginning of the Sabbath, and the first full day I’m back with my husband in a long time. So obviously I will be celebrating … Continue reading

July 4, 2014 · Leave a comment

Metal for Friday: Nile, “Black Seeds of Vengeance,” live at Wacken. [video]

Black Seeds of Vengeance, which came out in 2000, is one of the most brutal death metal albums ever created. Although their 1998 debut, Amongst the Catacombs of Nephren-Ka, was well-received, … Continue reading

June 27, 2014 · 1 Comment
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