Here are some of the more interesting readings from last week.
The Triumph of Suburbia Suburbia gets a bum rap, but ultimately people choose to live there more often than not. This article looks at the naysayers and the data.
Elizabeth Smart and the Psychology of the Christian Purity Culture Turns out (as nearly anyone who has grown up in it can tell you) Christian Purity Culture is actually pretty damaging and degrading to women (and to men). This article explores the ins and outs of it. If you want more on this topic, check out Elizabeth Esther’s discussions on the topic of Christian Purity Culture.
Neil Gaiman gives Doctor Who’s Cybermen what they need: a new legend The Cybermen haven’t been all that terrifying lately (esp. vs how terrifying they were in the 60′s version of the show). Gaiman fixes all of that in Nightmare in Silver while doing great work with the other characters.
We’re Really Puzzled Newt Gingrich honestly does not know what to call a smartphone, asks the internet for suggestions. Youtube commenters troll hard for great justice while purveyors of Gingrich Productions honestly and earnestly try really hard to figure out a new name.
Iron Man 3 or: Tony Stark Grows Up My man JR Forasteros gives a great analysis of Tony Stark’s hero’s journey and looks at how he’s now gone through an ever-widening hero’s journey that concludes with Iron Man 3.
- Iron Man how to be a individual hero in his personal sphere of influence
- Avengers how to be a hero among heroes [that introduces a wider, wilder sphere]
- Iron Man 3 how to be a limited but healthy hero who in a “world with aliens and gods”
JR shows how Iron Man’s Phase 1 and first movie of Phase 2 have been one long origin story for Tony Stark (not Iron Man). Check it out.