PCA in Indy with Miss Wendy

I know I’ve been a bit remiss in sharing my travel adventures for your vicarious pleasure but I confess I am overwhelmed, exhausted and looking forward to escaping back to Scotland. This summer the plan remains no conference presentations. Temptations arise, but I have beat them back like St Anthony. Having grown up in the (northern)…

On the Road Again

It’s Easter so the pop culture scholars gather at PCA: this year it’s in Indianapolis so my big plan is to finally see the Vonnegut Library. I’m rooming with gal pal Miss Wendy and we’ve already caught up with some friends the first night. Busy busy, busy, as Bokononists say. Spreading the word of my…

Getting Girly with MLP

What I Learned from Cult TV: Friendship is Magic This is about my My Little Pony epiphany. I have sighed my way through a lot of bad entertainment consumption with the Executive Princess, much of it day-glo and glittery. I think the bottom of the barrel might be Barbie’s Life in the Dream House but…

VexMosaic & Medieval Masculinities

Today I’ve got an essay up at a new site, VexMosaic, along with folks like the esteemed Alasdair Stuart. What is VexMosaic, you ask? Good Speculative Fiction transforms “what is” into “what could be”. It vexes, disturbs, and inspires us, becoming a catalyst for new ways of thinking that expand our awareness and subvert the…

PCA: Noir and Hard-Boiled Panel

Noir and Hard-boiled Thursday, April 2, 2015 – 6:30pm – 8:00pm Balcony N Presentations Title Body Presenter Affiliation Presentation type No Reason for Pessimism: Exploring Aki Kaurismäki’s Finnish ‘Noir’ It’s no surprise that the director who declared that, “Hollywood is the reason I make the films… K. A. Laity The College of Saint Rose Paper…

Out Now: James Bond & Popular Culture

Out now: includes my essay “Flirting with James Bond” about how I developed the Chastity Flame series. read more at the McFarland site, or just click the picture to buy it for yourself,  or to send the info to your college or local library! Blurb: The most recognizable fictional spy and one of the longest…

DC, PCA and Miss Wendy

PCA is a terrific conference:  I get to hang out with the fabulous Miss Wendy, and friends like Frenchy and Chris and met new friends like Rebecca and Rio. My paper went well despite my being the only panelist and it taking place on the evening of the first day when most sensible people had…