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Matthew Pateman
Dad, professor, pop culture fan, writer, whiskey admirer and armchair sports
Dad, professor, pop culture fan, writer, whiskey admirer and armchair sports
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Thoughts on Willow's uncertain Jewishness in Buffy, and a weird attack on Beer Bad
I was sifting through my files and found a couple of pieces. One is a long essay that expresses considerable concern over the representation of Willow as Jewish (because it seems to be so irrelevant to her being when one might expect it to have rather more ...
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Espenson draft - Triangle (most under-rated Buffy ep ever??)
Trolls, hammers and and hints of the early pre-Anya days of the Nordic nuisance. A brilliant episode with  humour, great character development and tension (Xander's anger at being in the middle of the squabbling Willow and Anya is great), Anya's love of mon...
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Revival Beach by The Burning Hell
Revival
Beach is the latest album by Indie rock band The Burning
Hell. Literate and inventive, nostalgic and great storytellers, the band have
gone through a number of line ups and always have jaunty, provocative, unusual songs to
sing. The current formatio...
Revival Beach by The Burning Hell
Revival Beach by The Burning Hell
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Brand Whedon and the fault line between mythos expansion and fan exploitation
Amazon.co.uk Widgets Giles is one of my favourite characters in the whole Whedonverse - erudite, awkward, brave, shy, resilient, loving and, oh yea, British he is a rich, textured, lovable, complex figure. When it was reported years ago that there might be ...
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Espenson drafts - Superstar
Amazon.co.uk Widgets Superstar is one of my favourite Buffy  episodes. As Espenson makes clear, the idea came straight from Whedon, with the teaser pretty much fully-formed. But even so, the shifts (even subtle tiny ones from draft to draft in the teaser) d...
Espenson drafts - Superstar
Espenson drafts - Superstar
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Espenson drafts - Pangs
Amazon.co.uk Widgets Pangs is one of my all-time episodes from the whole Mutant Enemy catalogue. Very ordinary in amny ways (none of the plot drama of Innocence or Surprise, for example, or the formal reach of Hush or Once More With Feeling, or The Body, it...
Espenson drafts - Pangs
Espenson drafts - Pangs
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Whimsical nostalgia, future regret, and The Burning Hell.
Amazon.co.uk Widgets Today is the first time since my redundancy that
I actually feel 'unemployed', although it might just be that I'm alone. My partner
has gone back to work, and she works in a different part of the country so is
away for a few days and, a...
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When I was born for the 7th time – The rise of Cool Britannia and the continuation of the legacy of cruel Britannia
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I was born for the 7 th time – The rise of Cool
Britannia and the continuation of the legacy of cruel Britannia Released about a week after the death of
Princess Diana, and three days after Mother Teresa’s,   When I
was born for th...
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Espenson drafts - The Harsh Light of Day
This is an episode I turn to with amazing regularity. It was the cornerstone of my first major keynote address at the Whedon Studies Association conference in Arkansas in 2008; the image I'm using here will, I hope, be the cover image of my new book, and th...
Espenson drafts - The Harsh Light of Day
Espenson drafts - The Harsh Light of Day
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When I was born for the 7th time – The rise of Cool Britannia and the continuation of the legacy of cruel Britannia
When
I was born for the 7 th time – The rise of Cool
Britannia and the continuation of the legacy of cruel Britannia Released about a week after the death of
Princess Diana, and three days after Mother Teresa’s,   When I
was born for the 7 th time by Corner...
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