I haven’t a done a “Most Viewed Posts” in a while, so I thought I’d do one to wrap up 2021. Over the past three years, Interminable Rambling has grown exponentially. I never thought, when I started this site back in August 2015 I didn’t have any expectations. I started Interminable Rambling over on Blogger before migrating it to WordPress in 2016, so I … Read More Most Viewed Posts of 2021
Recently, I’ve written about Al Feldstein and Wallace Wood’s work in EC Comics’ Shock SuspenStories. I’ve examined how they confront the reader in “The Guilty!,” how they address racist thought in “Hate!,” and how they address fears surrounding interracial intimacy in “Under Cover” and “The Whipping!” Today, I want to look at another story that Wood drew, “Blood-Brothers.” Unlike the other stories, we are … Read More Crumbling Hate in Wallace Wood’s “Blood-Brothers”
On Tuesday, I wrote about the ways that The Blood Brothers’ “The Salesman, Denver Max” musically fits the tone—the ebbs and flows—of Joyce Carol Oates’ “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” I didn’t expect to add another blog post on this story, but after teaching it, I recalled how much the story warrants multiple examinations. With that in mind, I want to … Read More Judges 19 and Arnold Friend’s Enigmatic Code
When teaching courses that introduce students to research, I like to do various activites that require them to set foot within the library. A few year ago, I had the class read Joyce Carol Oates’s oft-anthologized short story “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” Typically, students enjoy the story and get sucked into the mystery surrounding Arnold Friend and his ultimate seduction … Read More Teaching Research With Joyce Carol Oates’s "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?"