Contemporary “Heroes”

As an avid follower of hero movies, this commentary on the nature of what kind of person we consider “heroic” is a poignant and revealing one. While watching Man of Steel, I found myself longing for Superman to mess up, to do something wrong, to be something less than Jesus–but honestly, isn’t longing for human flaws in a movie about Superman a bit contradictory? Should we really be searching and hoping for flaws to emerge in those we consider heroes? Both in movies, and in reality?


The new Superman is a “hero” for our times: dark, moody, and full of angst. The Internet is still awash with blog posts and movie reviews that detail the controversy behind the ending of this year’s new Superman movie, Man of Steel. Apparently, Superman defeats his enemy, the renegade Kryptonian General Zod (played by Michael Shannon this time around, and by Terence Stamp in 1980’s Superman II), by snapping his neck. Many longtime fans of the characters and franchise have stressed that Superman would not resort to murder in order to defeat his enemies, and that this treatment of him as a character, along with the movie’s overwhelming amount of visually-driven action sequences, have detracted from what makes him great in the comic books, television adaptations, various animated cartoons, and the film series starring Christopher Reeve.

This has caused me to look more closely at the most recent…

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This is a great analytical piece of a short story, “I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream.” It’s a harrowing story, and this post does a very good job at explaining how limited we are in our humanity, Give it a read!

Perspicuous Aporia

A while ago I was struggling with an existential crisis that refused to let up. This particular crisis had a strange potency to it and it haunted my attempted moments of sleep for about two to three weeks. Needless to say this mental sinkhole put me in an odd place where I could not help but be fascinated with death and my own existence. Funnily enough, the catalyst for this came from a  story entitled I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream.

I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream, written by Harlan Ellison, is a post-apocalyptic  sci-fi short story. Being only 30-40 pages long, it can be read in an hour or so for that quick reading fix. Without getting into too much detail, the story takes place 109 years after the destruction of human civilization. The reasoning for this destruction stems from the…

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