Author: Dru

I read, write, roleplay, travel, teach, and occasionally do research. I am a lizard, a warrior, a minimalist, and a scholar.

Superhero Love

Last Friday the New York Times published “Out of the Closet and Up, Up and Away” about Skin Tight USA at the Stonewall Inn in West Village. The Skin Tight party — in which the costumes range from the familiar (like Spider-Man) to ones that only a comics geek would recognize (like the 1993 version […]


Against VictOrientalism

Jha’s Silver Goggles/ SteamPunk Magazine article “Countering Victorientalism” (SPM version here), and a related post by Ay-Leen, “The Semantics of Words & the Antics of Fashion: Addressing ‘Victorientalism‘” at Beyond Victoriana, have been the subject of some very interesting and controversial discussion in comments. I’ve already recommended Jha’s articles on this blog with regard to […]


Minimalism Is Not Necessarily….

Minimalism is not necessarily…. 1.    Cheap.  People often equate minimalism with the “college dorm room” look; particleboard and plastic. But you could be a minimalist who buys only objects of the very highest quality that reflect your exquisitely refined taste. 2.    Frugal.  Minimalism is often cited as a great way to save money. However, you […]

Execution Right of Rule

Executioners in Germany

I’m back and finally ready to post something on this blog again! Sorry that it took me a while to get into gear again… My trip to Germany was sponsored by my Lutheran university’s “Reformation Heritage Seminar,” a semester of lectures and presentations and then nearly two weeks in the former East Germany visiting various […]


Why Aren’t We Dancing?

 “What is socially peripheral may be symbolically central.” — Stallybrass & White, Politics and Poetics of Transgression A call to steampunk: 1913, Vienna: “Some ladies appeared as balance sheets, displaying voluptuous debits curving from slender credits. Others came as inflated collateral: faux enhancements amplified the bust or upholstered the posterior. As for the gentlemen, thin […]

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