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From Superhero Babylon: Heroism in Horror---I Want to Play a Game

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Submitted by Landon Erp on Mon, 2009-11-09 05:46

One of the most successful horror franchises of the new millennium has been Saw. Along with Hostel, it more or less singlehandedly founded the horror sub-genre affectionately known as "gorn," or "torture porn." As such, you'd probably think this would be the last place on earth you'd find good examples of heroism by any standard, Objectivist or otherwise. However when you have a villain with such mottoes as "Cherish your life" and "people have to save themselves" I beg to differ.

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Interesting essay, but no, — by Aaron on Mon, 2009-11-09 15:00
different tastes — by 0 on Mon, 2009-11-09 14:17

From Superhero Babylon: Heroism in Horror, We the Living

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Submitted by Landon Erp on Sat, 2009-11-07 11:45

"Tell them Russia is a graveyard and we're all dying."

This is the last sentiment Rand took from Russia, and it was the inspiration for her first major novel, We the Living.

There are easy parallels to be drawn from the heroes of her later novels and modern superheroes, Ragnar Danneskjöld and Francisco D'Anconia especially. All are heroic men of action who fight for their ideals and win in the end.


From Superhero Babylon: Heroism in Horror—an Introduction

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Submitted by Landon Erp on Fri, 2009-11-06 00:11

"The Horror Story, in either variant represents the metaphysical projection of a single human emotion: blind, stark, primitive fear. Those who live in such terror seem to find a momentary sense of relief or control in the process of reproducing that which they fear--as savages find a sense of mastery over their enemies by reproducing them in the form of dolls...[S]uch writers are not presenting their view of life; what they are saying is they feel as if life consisted of werewolves, Draculas and Frankenstein monsters." ---Ayn Rand, The Romantic Manifesto; "What is Romanticism?"

This is one of the few definitive statements made by Rand on the subject of the Horror genre of writing. Of all of her aesthetic statements, this, while being one of her most bold, is conversely one of her least controversial statements. You'll often find people who would tear the rest of her aesthetics to shreds but who are in complete agreement with this statement.


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From Superhero Babylon Heroism in Music: Alanis Morissette

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Submitted by Landon Erp on Sat, 2009-06-13 06:20

I honestly never thought that I'd write something along these lines about Alanis Morissette. I tend to not be a big fan of music from the 1990's in general and my main interaction with her prior to this is that for a short period of time I dated a girl who was obsessed with "Jagged Little Pill." But the video below should fully explain why.

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Thanks Scott — by Landon Erp on Mon, 2009-06-15 01:38
She is in the same category as Tori Amos... — by Marcus on Sun, 2009-06-14 21:06
Landon, I get you completely — by atlascott on Sun, 2009-06-14 17:08

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From Superhero Babylon: Necessity of Moral Certainty

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Submitted by Landon Erp on Fri, 2008-12-12 08:46

This is one of my recent entries from what's been a fairly busy week of blogging.


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From the Superhero Babylon Horror File: Bibleman goes to Narnia

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Submitted by Landon Erp on Fri, 2008-11-14 06:22

Keeping with the theme of 80's cartoons and the absurdity that followed them. He-Man and the Masters of the Universe was one of the first cartoons to really raise the ire of religion in America.


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From the Superhero Babylon Horror File: The Getalong Gang

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Submitted by Landon Erp on Wed, 2008-11-12 06:34

I've been revisiting my roots lately. I was a child of the 80's and many of the cartoons of that era were often viewed as little more than half hour toy commercials.


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From Superhero Babylon: Patriotic hero and its downside

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Submitted by Landon Erp on Sun, 2008-10-05 04:31

The patriotic hero is an archetype which first showed up around WWII largely in reference to the fact that many Jewish immigrants were projecting the values of their adopted nation as an opposite to the forces which they had been fleeing eleswhere.


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Dark Knight—Another Take

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Submitted by Landon Erp on Thu, 2008-07-24 05:18

I was one of the people who in no uncertain terms told Joe Maurone to "Believe the Hype" behind the Dark Knight!

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Looking forward — by Jmaurone on Mon, 2008-09-01 05:51
Batman versus Hulk — by Jmaurone on Fri, 2008-08-15 05:38
Role Reversal — by Jmaurone on Fri, 2008-08-08 06:52

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Granting wishes for the doomed

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Submitted by Landon Erp on Sat, 2008-06-21 05:43

For about 6 months I was developing a graphic novel project with Joe Maurone. That basically came to an end recently. We managed to get the core story fleshed out and I got about halfway into the first chapter. The project was looking to be somewhere around 500 pages.

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True — by Landon Erp on Mon, 2008-06-23 03:33
"  The last straw was one — by Jmaurone on Sun, 2008-06-22 04:13
Also — by Landon Erp on Sat, 2008-06-21 23:12

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Hell House

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Submitted by Landon Erp on Wed, 2007-10-31 08:38

I just had a surreal experience. My aesthetic tastes border on masochisim at times (one of my favorite websites is called www.WrestleCrap.com) but I hit new lows tonight.


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Blitz: The League

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Submitted by Landon Erp on Fri, 2007-01-19 01:40

Seeing as it's playoff time I've been thinking a lot about (and playing) my favorite video football game "Blitz: the League."


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My debt to Steve Ditko

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Submitted by Landon Erp on Sun, 2006-05-28 21:56

It's just really starting to come to my attention that there are a lot of people who don't know who Steve Ditko is. I know most people here are at least mildly aware of him but I still don't think he has the recognition he deserves (especially among Objectivists).

This guy had a major impact on my life and I think for that. I owe him a debt I may never be able to pay completely. This writing is part of my payment.

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Now that is an interesting — by Landon Erp on Sun, 2006-06-11 19:48
Who really wrote Blue Beetle #2? — by Bob Palin on Sun, 2006-06-11 18:33
Yes! — by Bob Palin on Wed, 2006-05-31 01:45

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I now work on Rand Road.

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Submitted by Landon Erp on Tue, 2006-01-24 01:28

After a long time of wanting out of my warehouse job I finally managed it. I am now working an office job, the type I've been trying to get ever since dropping out of business school.

The cool thing about it is it's actually loacated on RAND road in Indianapolis.

Had a good first day there and 2006 is already looking great.

---Landon

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Should have got the joke. — by Landon Erp on Sun, 2006-01-29 01:39
Glad to hear the first week at the new job went well. — by Jon Letendre on Sun, 2006-01-29 01:08
Point Taken. Fair enough... — by Landon Erp on Sat, 2006-01-28 23:29

My main blog

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Submitted by Landon Erp on Mon, 2006-01-09 00:28

I run my main blog @ http://www.myspace.com/wickedl.... I post a lot of writing excercises there.

But who am I kidding I'm going to wind up crossposting eventually.

---Landon

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I use myspace to network. — by Landon Erp on Wed, 2006-01-11 03:10
Crossposting?!?!?!? — by Duncan Bayne on Wed, 2006-01-11 03:01

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