The Many Faces of LiveJournal

Of the myriad Web 2.0 sites and services out there, most seem to have a distinct purpose for their existence. Facebook connects friends and classmates, Yahoo! Groups lets people with similar interests chat amongst themselves, WordPress lets even an Internet newbie start up a blog. LiveJournal isn’t so simple. What is the function of LiveJournal? […]

Tolkien, Allegory, and the Maddening Perseverance of Denial

I am currently taking a course on modern epic fantasy literature and, of course, the core of it is a study of Tolkien. This week’s topic is allegory in Tolkien’s works: Is there or isn’t there? The course has been pretty tame so far, mostly looking at the literary influences on Tolkien’s work, his biography, […]