You kill the bear, eat the bear meat, and then put on the bearskin. The power of the bear shirt—or ber serkr in Old Norse—gives you the strength and fury of the great animal. This is what berserk means, "bear shirt." Do you actually turn into a bear-human hybrid? Maybe. Nobody liked to go to war against the berserkers, that much is known from the stories of the Roman Empire's long border conflict with the barbarians, which means not "bear brains" but "foreigners."
The human-bear combination exists in North American and Siberian tribal religions, too. These stories go back to the Bear Sons, born to an animal-god father and [...]
Mary HK Choi: Let us make discussion! First Q: did you read the books?
Natasha Vargas-Cooper: I did not! On principle! I was like, “Make it work for me, Lionsgate."
Mary: RIGHT. Interesting. I did read the books! Second Q: did you read any reviews?
Natasha: NO. Mary, I wanted to love this, love it with my whole big heart I wanted to join a team, a district, pick a teen-lit boyfriend. I DID NONE OF THOSE THINGS. Q for you! Have you seen Battle Royale?
Mary: Of course! Racist.
Mary: Have you read The Lottery?
Natasha: Of course! Racist.
Mary: See, I liked it but that logline [...]
Members of an organization called "Bloodsuckers against TWILIGHT" held a book burning in Oregon this weekend to protest the popular young adult fiction series. The gripe?
The group members said that Stephenie Meyer's books made a mockery of real vampires and created damaging "racial stereotypes." Mr. Von Goolo said the books made vampires seem like "a klatch of sullen poster-boys," according to local ABC news station KATU-TV. He went on to say that the vampires in the books were "unrealistic" and that the likelihood of real vampires falling in love with an "annoying high school girl" was as realistic as a human falling in love with a ham sandwich. [...]
And here is what the gays are really saying about Eclipse, which really is a movie that doesn't make a lot of internal sense when you view it through any lens except that of intense lady-tween sexual longing and the madness of adolescence: "The vampire army! It was led by a kid named Riley, who looked exactly like Brandon Teena as played by Hilary Swank. This is the first time outside of gay porn in which I have encountered someone named Riley." Also? "This franchise is 'subverting' the genre by giving the vampires sparkly skin and bodies that are apparently made of fragile glass while still maintaining [...]
During Elena Kagan's Supreme Court confirmation hearings this morning, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), decided to open her remarks with a question about The Most Pressing Issue Of Our Time (This Week): Team Edward or Team Jacob? One wonders if Klobuchar lost a particularly grueling game of Truth Or Dare that ensued during the Eclipse-premiere-occasioned sleepover she talked about hosting at at her house last night, and thus felt forced to ask that question for the benefit of the C-Span-watching hordes (and her daughters). Kagan demurred, instead uttering a sorta-strident "I wish you wouldn't" that sounded like her pledge of allegiance to Team I Am So Embarrassed For You As [...]
The exhibition hall in downtown San Diego was divided by sex. By dawn on the second day of Comic Con-this was back in late July-the men figured out they were beat. Hundreds of young girls had spent the night camped out on the sidewalk and so they packed the first 50 rows of the 6000-seat convention room. The unmoving estrogen division-girls in plastic fangs, clingy tops and body glitter-sat patiently through the morning's promotional panels for disaster movies and action hero sagas. But the girls began to screech and jostle as their obsession approached: Twilight.
When the star of the young adult Twilight movie franchise, Robert Pattinson, finally took [...]