Giallo – A Genre without Definitions?

Introduction In 1929, Italy’s largest publisher, Mondadori, began publishing yellow-covered paperbacks for Italian readers. These were primarily stories of horror, the supernatural, slashers, sexploitation, and crime thrillers. These books and the genre explored within them soon became known as “Giallo” meaning “yellow,” due to their covers. Often, they were Italian translations of famous British and […]

Erdogan’s Pride

On Saturday, the Pride parade in Stockholm, our neighboring macronational capital, was a star-studded event with many celebrities in attendance. Most of the political party leaders were also present, along with a puppet that represented the Turkish President Erdogan. This puppet caused controversy in Ankara last spring. Turkey has observed that the Erdogan doll has […]

Snow White and the Doctrines of Inclusivity

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Let the title swirl on the tongue and feel how it cuts against today’s inflamed political dogmas. For the ideologically sensitive, it burns. The film giant Disney has decided to make a feature film out of the whole thing, and emotions have caused a heated debate. It wouldn’t have […]

Sweden celebrates 500 years

Today Sweden celebrates its 500th anniversary. It is 500 years since Gustav Vasa was elected King of Sweden on June 6 at the national assembly in Strängnäs. Then and there, Sweden became independent and has been so ever since. That’s why our macronational neighbors celebrate Sweden’s National Day on June 6 yearly. This year there’s […]

Reading in the Age of Digital Speed

On average, we spend four hours on screens and only half an hour on books and magazines. When children learn to write, they do not make spaces between words but line up the letters in close succession, one after the other. It looks strange but is natural. Because when we speak, we don’t pause between […]

The Unixplorian Certificate of Micronational Creativity 2022

Each year, the Unixplorian Certificate of Micronational Creativity is awarded to individuals or micronations for their creative endeavors. The certificate is a way to encourage and inspire micronational leaders to be more creative. This year’s recipient is Prince David Bielski of New Masovia. “It is an honour for us to present the Unixplorian Certificate of […]

The French Academy, Putin, and Fascism

“The immortals” is what members of the French Academy, founded by Cardinal de Richelieu, are called. The French Academy is cultivating a new friendship today – with Vladimir Putin. The Academy’s permanent secretary Hélène Carrère d’Encausse, born in Georgia and author of numerous books on Russian history, has repeatedly received Putin in the Academy’s substantial […]

Unappreciated male behavior

Many new words have described typically masculine behaviors in recent years. The examples vary from mansplaining – men who unannouncedly explain things to women they did not ask for – to manspreading – men who burst and take up an awful lot of space without regard to their fellow human beings. Of course, it can […]

Roald Dahl’s children’s books are being rewritten to remove language deemed offensive

The Publishing House Puffin (an imprint of Penguin) is at it again. A language of the past that seems less inclusive or (God forbid!) exclusive is now censored to suit the sensitive children in contemporary society. Roald Dahl’s estate and mentioned book publisher have allowed an organization called Inclusive Minds – “a collective for people […]

Screamers: Review

Screamers (also known for its original title, The Island of the Fishmen) is a handsomely mounted piece by Sergio Martino from 1979. He pulled in an impressive cast, including Barbara Bach, Richard Johnson, and Joseph Cotton, for an Island of Dr. Moreau-type action-adventure. The lack of exploitation elements (no sex and little blood) inspired Roger […]

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