Population Profile: The Bridge People

“The question of ancestry continues to trouble anthropologists, and is unlikely to be resolved until surviving Bridge People submit to DNA testing.” A Mythic Indy story by Matt Jager.

Out of Darkness

“You need to bring your own devotion with you to the cinema, otherwise Bones and Uhura and the rest are anonymous.” But if you do, says Matt Jager. If you do…

Faith, Fiction, And L. Ron Hubbard

“Hubbard projected vanity and self importance, but he knew he was a charlatan.” Matt Jager on Scientology, storytelling, and why we believe what we believe.

January 7, 2013
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Punchlist, Week Of 1/7/13

“Our system of government stalls mid-air when we abstain from political disagreement. Democracy, according a long-gone New York pastor, is founded on the conviction that there are extraordinary possibilities in ordinary people.” Matt Jager has tips for talking politics on the Internet.

December 11, 2012
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Sounds Like Falling Rain

“It may have been my imagination, but Cambodian men of a certain age seemed to have the same blankness of the eyes you see in pictures of wild west gunfighters. His face cinched or smiled like a rubber mask, but the eyes never changed.” Matt Jager recommends Enemy of the People.

November 19, 2012
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The Flowers Of War

“For one thing, nearly every frame could be a painting. Director Zhang Yimou, probably most famous abroad for his 2002 kung fu epic Hero, is one of the best cinematographers working today.” Matt Jager gives thumbs down to Roger Ebert’s review of The Flowers of War.

October 25, 2012
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Yes, Doctor

“My ex-wife used to ask why I keep doing this charity shit. That’s what she called it. She said, Your own son’s a goddamn basketcase and you’re flying to Haiti for good works?” Our fourth Zombific(a)tion! contest winner from Matt Jager.

August 2, 2012
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Reflections On Whitney Houston’s Star-Spangled Banner

“Here’s Whitney Houston, in a white tracksuit and a folded bandana tied around her head so her hair springs out. She stands at the mic. There’s a sheen of sweat on her cheeks and forehead. Flags are everywhere, little handheld freebies that people are waving around.” Matt Jager reflects on a classic Superbowl performance.

June 5, 2012
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Bows, Arrows, And Machismo

“I don’t think I will be spoiling too much by revealing that in the first two minutes of the film, a little girl is nearly gobbled up by an attack dog when an arrow, fired from the shadows, saves her and catches the dog midlunge, carrying him sideways in slow motion through the air.” Dang. Let’s watch War of Arrows with Matt Jager.

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