Glen Weldon http://wwno.org en Dear Zack Snyder, Regarding Wonder Woman http://wwno.org/post/dear-zack-snyder-regarding-wonder-woman TO: Zack Snyder, Big Time Hot Shot Hollywood Director<br />FROM: Glen Weldon, Nerd Mon, 09 Dec 2013 23:52:42 +0000 Glen Weldon 49793 at http://wwno.org Moving Fables Of Gods, Men, Love And Monsters In 'Early Earth' http://wwno.org/post/moving-fables-gods-men-love-and-monsters-early-earth Despite its title, British writer and illustrator Isabel Greenberg's <em>The Encyclopedia of Early Earth</em> is not mere history, with its assiduous accounting of dusty facts, but is instead a compendium of funny, sad and surprisingly moving fables from the pre-history of a world that exists only in Greenberg's febrile imagination — one that bristles with capricious gods, feckless shamans, daring quests and, of course, doomed love.<p>We meet a man of the frozen "Nord" as he falls in love with a South Pole woman, only to find that some mysterious force prevents them from ever coming into physi Thu, 05 Dec 2013 23:45:27 +0000 Glen Weldon 49497 at http://wwno.org Alice Munro, The Punchbowl And Everyday Villainy http://wwno.org/post/alice-munro-punchbowl-and-everyday-villainy Alice Munro, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature today, taught me something important and abiding and true about evil.<p>Specifically, she taught me about that singular species of evil we swim through all our lives. It's the evil to which we petty humans default, even — especially — as we reassure ourselves that we are blessed creatures, generous of spirit. It's the evil born of thoughtlessness and self-regard, and it crouches, waiting, in every conversation, every appraising look, every single human interaction that fills up our days.<p>Alice Munro taught me this. Actually, it wasn't her. Wed, 16 Oct 2013 21:18:36 +0000 Glen Weldon 46140 at http://wwno.org A Comic-Con Diary: The Final Day http://wwno.org/post/comic-con-diary-final-day <em>Monkey See contributor/longtime nerd Glen Weldon recently attended San Diego Comic-Con. He kept a diary during one of the largest media events in the world.</em><p><strong>Saturday, 7:08 a.m. PT:</strong> After several minutes of technical glitches, I am taping an interview with Rachel Martin of NPR's <em>Weekend Edition Sunday</em>. I can't consult the notes I've made to prep for our talk, as the demands of NPR-quality audio means I'm holding the hotel phone up to my right ear with one hand, and my cellphone up to my left ear with the other. Sat, 27 Jul 2013 11:03:00 +0000 Glen Weldon 40418 at http://wwno.org A Comic-Con Diary, Day One: Faces In The Crowd And A Book In The Middle http://wwno.org/post/comic-con-diary-day-one-faces-crowd-and-book-middle <em>Monkey See contributor/longtime nerd Glen Weldon is headed to San Diego Comic-Con. He's filing periodic updates from one of the largest media events in the world.</em><p><em><strong>Special note:</strong> If you're at SDCC, there will be an unofficial Pop Culture Happy Hour meetup in the Marina Bar at the Marriott Marquis and Marina Friday at 5:30 p.m. Pacific Time. (Don't get excited, It'll just be Glen handing out PCHH pins.)</em><em></em><p>9:02 a.m. Fri, 19 Jul 2013 21:17:23 +0000 Glen Weldon 40016 at http://wwno.org A Comic-Con Diary, Day Zero, Part II: A Man Waits For A Batmobile On Preview Night http://wwno.org/post/comic-con-diary-day-zero-part-ii-man-waits-batmobile-preview-night <em>Monkey See contributor/longtime nerd Glen Weldon is headed to San Diego Comic-Con. Fri, 19 Jul 2013 15:38:51 +0000 Glen Weldon 39945 at http://wwno.org A Comic-Con Diary, Day Zero: A Nervous Man Ponders A Bag Of Sharp Objects http://wwno.org/post/comic-con-diary-day-zero-nervous-man-ponders-bag-sharp-objects <em>Monkey See contributor/longtime nerd Glen Weldon is headed to San Diego Comic-Con. He's filing periodic updates from one of the largest media events in the world.</em><br /> <br />Glen and F's Apartment, Washington, DC.<br /> <br />4:00 a.m. ET: Alarm goes off.<br /> <br />4:05 a.m. ET: Alarm goes off.<br /> <br />4:10 a.m. ET: Alarm is like, "Hey. HEY. HEY JERK."<br /> Fri, 19 Jul 2013 14:41:25 +0000 Glen Weldon 39927 at http://wwno.org Theoretical Physicist Seeks Concrete Answers In 'Genius' http://wwno.org/post/theoretical-physicist-seeks-concrete-answers-genius Ted is a theoretical physicist facing a slew of resolutely concrete problems. His son is racing headlong into puberty. His daughter's prodigious intellect causes her to stand out at school — the very last thing the girl wants. His elderly father-in-law isn't remembering much, these days, save for the fact that he hates Ted's guts. His wife is sick and getting sicker, just as his employer, a prominent think tank, threatens to fire him for lack of productivity. To keep his job, and its health care coverage, Ted needs an idea.<p>But ideas don't come easy anymore. Fri, 19 Jul 2013 14:25:34 +0000 Glen Weldon 39911 at http://wwno.org A Tale Of The Estranged And The Just Plain Strange In 'New School' http://wwno.org/post/tale-estranged-and-just-plain-strange-new-school Dash Shaw is a graphic novelist and animator whose previous books, including <em>Bottomless Belly Button</em> and <em>Bodyworld</em>, seethe with dark, mischievous intent. He sets out to unsettle, using the unique tools the comics medium provides to expose discomfiting truths about relationships both familial and romantic. Fri, 05 Jul 2013 14:20:25 +0000 Glen Weldon 38877 at http://wwno.org Globetrotting Cartoonist Heads Home In 'User's Guide' http://wwno.org/post/globetrotting-cartoonist-heads-home-users-guide It looks like a last-minute gift, like one of those tiny tomes that live near the register on the counter of your favorite bookstore, hoping to catch the attention (or at least the impulse) of shoppers in the check-out line. Given its digest-sized dimensions and jokey title, you'd be forgiven for assuming <em>A User's Guide to Neglectful Parenting</em> is a hastily assembled collection of cornball homilies, like those miniature books about dads, grads and golf that double as greeting cards this time of year. Mon, 01 Jul 2013 12:32:48 +0000 Glen Weldon 38518 at http://wwno.org