April 8th, 2006


New Article Online

Annabelle Magazine's new issue, the zeigeist issue, is now online. A couple of months ago, I ran a customer survey at the video store for an article aiming to prove or disprove, once and for all, and in a wildly unscientific manner, whether there's any connection between personal taste (in the form of what movies they rent) and political, social or cultural awareness. Enjoy this excerpt from "If You Rent Must Love Dogs, Do You Also Hate Freedom?":

Here's a hypothetical situation: You're standing in a bookstore checkout line when you suddenly realize the people around you are looking at you funny. Is it untamed hat-hair? Did you accidentally tuck your skirt into your underwear again? Nope, it's because they're all buying important, politically aware books like James Risen's State of War: The Secret History of the C.I.A. and the Bush Administration, or Jimmy Carter's Our Endangered Values: America's Moral Crisis, and all you've got to show for yourself is the Jackie Collins novel you're now hugging guiltily to your chest.

Maybe you've experienced this embarrassing scenario firsthand, or maybe for you it was your coworkers gawking at you like you just kicked a puppy after you admitted to missing a politically charged Frontline special because a new episode of Grey's Anatomy was on. Whatever the exact situation, it happens to all of us often enough to make us wonder: Are they just being judgmental jerks, or are they onto something? Does our personal taste in recreational interests really dictate how aware we are of the world around us?

Also, be sure to check out the Zombie Zeitgeist Quiz I helped put together. Think you know what the underlying socio-historic messages of 28 Days Later and Return of the Living Dead are? Use that delicious brain of yours to test your knowledge!