The Joker: Nihilist or Hedonist?

The Joker: Nihilist or Hedonist?

 

A couple of nights ago, some friends and I watched The Dark Knight. It was the perfect home theater experience with good sound, a huge tv, comfy leather couches, and more pizza than we could hope to finish. But beyond simply being fans of this great movie, we planned on watching it for a specific purpose. We wanted to look for any worldview content within the film and at the end share our observations. But the most interesting question that demands to be answered is this: What is the Joker’s worldview?

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Living After Death: Magnus Chase and The Sword of Summer

Living After Death: Magnus Chase and The Sword of Summer

Overview

Rick Riordan, author of the famous Percy Jackson series is back doing what he does best with the first book in his newest series: Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard. Within other series Riordan has already explored what Greek, Roman, and Egyptian mythology would look like in the modern world. In this newest adventure we see his take on the Nordic gods such as Thor, Loki, and Odin. Continue reading “Living After Death: Magnus Chase and The Sword of Summer”

Ready Player One: Loving Thine Intellectual Enemy

Ready Player One: Loving Thine Intellectual Enemy

 

Overview

As one of the best page-turners I’ve read in years, I couldn’t be more excited to introduce everyone to our generation’s nerd/geek manifesto: Ready Player One.  This book perfectly balances the nostalgia of the games of the past with a fascinating take on the technology of the near future. Ernest Cline relentlessly references early gamer/nerd culture and bits of 80’s and 90’s pop culture. In fact, it is difficult to think of a game, comic, or show he does not mention or at least allude to. The spectrum ranges from cult classics like Dungeons and Dragons to the universally known Pacman. Throughout the book we learn lots of little bits of trivia about our favorite games growing up. Although this book is clearly fiction, I found myself learning many fun facts from actual history. For those of us who can remember the excitement of beating an arcade game for the first time, this book is a must read. Continue reading “Ready Player One: Loving Thine Intellectual Enemy”

Seeing Beauty Through Blind Eyes: All The Light We Cannot See

Seeing Beauty Through Blind Eyes: All The Light We Cannot See

 

Award winning author Anthony Doerr won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize with his profound book All The Light We Cannot See. His writing draws pictures in the mind’s eye more clearly and memorably than what most movies offer. One key mark of any truly great work found in this particular book is that the plot isn’t the only thing that keeps you interested. As I read this book I was just as excited to see how the author was going to write the next chapter as I was curious about what would happen next. Continue reading “Seeing Beauty Through Blind Eyes: All The Light We Cannot See”