cultural icons

Superman Morphs

Some of us are sufficiently aged to remember comic book innovations like three-dimensional in 1954. If you were born a bit earlier, you may have read the initial Superman adventures, which debuted in 1938. However, Superman’s family history and story… Read More ›

Outside the Novahood

UNSILENT SOUNDS UNWELCOME A family in Virginia Beach has been terrorized for months by the actions of an obnoxious neighbor–with slurs, monkey noises, even strobe lights–and the police say they can do nothing to stop it. The woman says the… Read More ›


From 2005-2010, CBS aired the crime drama Numb3rs, a fanciful series wherein one of the leading characters applies mathematics to solve complex crimes as a consultant to the FBI. The use of “3” in the title generated a great deal… Read More ›

Media Marginalia Madness

Generally, marginalia refers to notes at the side of pages in a book, often by readers as comment for a subsequent review or for research. There does not appear to be a definable date at which “news” in the United… Read More ›

Send in the Clowns

The clown figure in culture is far too often dismissed or  ignored, but most often misunderstood. In the United States, there is a tendency to pigeonhole the clown largely to circuses or children’s shows or birthday parties. At another extreme,… Read More ›