As I’ve already mentioned in a previous post, I’m back in school, so I feel like it’s my duty to share some awesome learning with you. After the piracy debate broke out between Evan and Gordon a little while back I settled on the perfect topic: how piracy saved American literature. Or, as we have been learning in my Canadian Literature class, how British Imperialism screwed over early Canadian writers. Quick, name 5 great Canadian writers! If you are anything like me you probably weren’t able to think up more than one or two. There are a lot more than that, by the way, you just have to look a little harder… and not necessarily in Canada.
To my everlasting shame as a Canadian, Margaret Atwood was actually the only author I could think of when asked this question.
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Tagged Alice Munro, American Revolution, books, Britain, Canada, Canadian Loyalists, Colonies, Colony, Common Wealth, England, Fitzgerald, Hemingway, literature, Margaret Atwood, Nobel Prize for Literature, piracy, Piracy of British Books, plageurism, Poe, Post-Colonial, Royalties, Sara Jeannette Duncan, Steinbeck, The Clockmaker, Twain, writing
Culture War Reporters, since its inception, has never been a place for fiction of any kind. As a result, when both Gordon and I hang out we often find our discussions centre around stretching our creative muscles, asking questions like: “If you had to come up with a team of mercenaries, with a minimum of five members, what would it look like?”
The issue with all questions like this is that we run into a little something King Solomon said, way back in the day [emphasis added]:
What has been will be again,
what has been done will be done again;
there is nothing new under the sun.
How do you come up with something original, something that truly hasn’t been done before? Continue reading
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Tagged archetypes, Asians, Badass Adorable, Battle Royale, characters, Cute But Psycho, expectations, film, Hanna, Hit-Girl, Kick-Ass, Kill Bill, Little Miss Badass, media, race, tropes, TV Tropes, writing
EVAN: Ladies and gentlemen, it brings me the greatest sort of joy to announce that we will be announcing a third Culture War Reporter to our blog. Ever since Elisa’s departure I have long wished to have a female perspective, and after a little bit of searching I was connected to Kat via one of my many, many cousins-
This edition of E> will consist of both Gordon and me asking Kat ten questions apiece, to present to all of you nice people a greater picture of who she is. At the end she’ll have the opportunity to ask each of us five questions, just to be fair.
You can of course find out more about her by reading her bio. Now, without further ado, I’m going to let Gordon start us off-
GORDON: You’re in a desert, walking along in the sand when all of a sudden you look down and you see a tortoise, Kat. You reach down and flip the tortoise over on it’s back, Kat. The tortoise lays on its back, it’s belly baking in the hot sun, beating it’s legs, trying to turn itself over but it can’t. Not without your help. But you’re not helping. Why is that, Kat?
KAT: Because I’m hungry and I plan to eat it?
GORDON: Well, we’ve determined she’s not a replicant. That’s progress, at least.
EVAN: Gordon, you are a huge nerd. Continue reading
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Tagged answers, BMW, communist party, Culture War Reporter, CWR, Evan and Gordon Talk, favorite, favourite, Feminist, interview, israel, Kat, Kat Goertz, nazi, new writer, Occupied Palestine, questions, welcome
Newer readers may not know this, but this is actually the third post about World War Z on this blog. I first wrote about the way the film was to deviate from the book back in 2011, while former CWR writer [who I dearly miss] Elisa briefly explored their prevalence in pop culture the year after.
So two days ago I saw the movie, and I’m not going to write the logical continuation of my first post, complaining about how the movie could have been “so much better if only. . .”
What I’m going to write about how I wasn’t in the movie.
I drew this over two years ago for an all-comics weekly publication I used to run.
And no, I don’t mean why wasn’t there a zombified version of me in the movie, because seriously if you guys didn’t know I am deathly terrified of any sort of biting reanimated corpse. What I mean is why, when I watched this movie, weren’t there any dang Asians.
Spoilers follow. Kind mild, kinda not. Continue reading
Posted in Asia, film, literature, race, writing, zombies
Tagged asian, book, Brad Pitt, China, Elys Gabel, film, Indian, Iron Man 3, israel, Jerusalem, Korean, movie, Plan B Entertainment, race, representation, Russia, Song Xuan Ke, South Korea, wales, white, World War Z, zombies