Spider-Man: Heroism vs. Essentialism

The narrative tradition of any culture throughout history tends to produce stories that echo that culture's values, fears, and aspirations. From the fertile soil of mythical conflict springs forth the archetypal hero. Arguably, there is no narrative tradition more distinctly American than the superhero comic. And the caped protagonists of those pages are the embodiment [...]

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Revealing Humanity in The Last of Us

I played The Last of Us Remastered about 10 months ago. Since then, I've made several unsuccessful attempts to write about what makes The Last of Us a good game or what the game might mean for me. I simply couldn't find an angle that was interesting to write about. I even considered not writing [...]