Author Archives: Michael Spence

Why I teach what I teach

Clerk’s Log, MJDate 54987.52: Applications for faculty positions usually ask you to state your “personal philosophy of teaching.” Here’s mine.

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It’s a Movie Mantra!

Awhile back I was privileged to read Movie Mantra number 64 for the estimable Martyn Darkly, and it’s apparently getting some buzz. Here’s the link. Martyn takes lines from memorable films (or memorable lines from not-so-memorable films) and presents them … Continue reading

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Metamor City Sidebar: What IS magic, anyway?

“The whole machine isn’t possible. Personally, I believe color television to be impossible too. But since it does exist, I will act as if I believed in it. We must do the same for the Energy Damper.” — Illya Kuryakin, … Continue reading

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Abortion — such language!

Thirty-six years after Roe v. Wade we’re still tossing around the same irrelevant labels. Neither the side favoring legalized abortion nor the side opposing it is “anti-life.” Nor is either side “anti-choice.” They do differ on what “life” means, and … Continue reading

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“Save the Planet”?

We don’t need to worry about “saving the planet.” (Neither the Death Star nor Narada is hovering nearby.) What we want to save is the existing biosphere.

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The Podcast Repertory Theater 2008–9, part 4: METAMOR CITY — MAKING THE CUT

Clerk’s Log, MJD 54961.9: Oops … drat. <sigh> Thus do I break the pattern of posting the TPRT article before the subject production comes to an end. Making the Cut is now complete and available at www.metamorcity.com. Check it out … Continue reading

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The Podcast Repertory Theater 2008–9, part 3: MURDER AT AVEDON HILL

Philippa Ballantine: Gloria Platt, mother of the deceased P.G. Holyfield: Arames Kragen, detective; Arrin Perti, student; et al. Chris Lester: [Not in this production] Tee Morris: Father Jorrus, undead-hunter Web site: http://www.pgholyfield.com/maah/ It’s all in the game All four of … Continue reading

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The Podcast Repertory Theater 2008, part 2: MOREVI: REMASTERED

[Remastering] was a wise decision. Not only has Mr. Morris chosen voice actors who have the skill to deliver the lines well and to fit together in an ensemble, the addition of vocal variety and sound effects both magnify the story’s greatest asset, which is spectacle. Continue reading

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The Podcast Repertory Theater 2008, part 1: CHASING THE BARD

Two worlds face destruction, one of them ours. The key to rescuing both lies in the hands of a descendant of the gods. And you know his name. Continue reading

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It’s “Double Trouble” Time on 08/08/08 with Pip and Tee

Sometimes the calendar makes strange demands on us. In this case, it requires that we present the following press release “out of order,” as it were; but then, we’re dealing not only with two good books and two fine authors, … Continue reading

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