Carrie Fisher Backwards and in a Bikini

When speaking about women's accomplishments, Ann Richards said women could easily perform given the chance: "After all, Ginger Rogers did everything that Fred Astaire did. She just did it backwards and in high heels." The same can be said for Princess Leia, who did everything that Luke did. She … Continue reading

Boomers Embrace Beyonce

Back in 2010, Prince chided Beyonce for her lack of musical knowledge, but was impressed that she understood something about Mixolydian scales and Egyptian styles, WTF. Basically he thought she was quite talented and gifted, but her longevity and survival depended on learning a lot more.I'm not … Continue reading

Pop Culture Across the Generational Divide

In a mandatory certification class, I was assigned to explore one of the generations other than my own, and then discuss how what I learned will impact my teaching. The assignment is well designed and I intend to steal it, but given my¬† immersion in pop culture studies and interest in the … Continue reading

George Takei and Flesh Colored Crayons

This picture of flesh colored crayons is George Takei's Facebook meme a few days ago, and it's a fitting one in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. My first thought in response to the image: "Because only Nixon could go to China." There are lots of inferential leaps from crayons to Nixon … Continue reading