Sunday, November 30, 2014

Christopher Nolan Is Wired

Filmmaker Christopher Nolan edits the December 2014 issue of Wired (out now). A trailer for the issue appears on YouTube at, but I was unable to embed the video here. The collaboration is in celebration of the release of Nolan's last film Interstellar. There are a number of pieces about space/time travel in general (including a very long piece on the making of The Right Stuff film from 1983), but the most interesting to me were the ones that offered insight into the filmmaking process through the words and experiences of Nolan and two of the co-creators--astrophysicist Kip Thorne and production designer Nathan Crowley--involved in bringing his film to life. As an added bonus, the issue also includes a comic book style story set within the world of the film.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Dracula Panel Details

The Area is running its first non-NEPCA-based session next weekend. Details below:

“Beyond the Pale: Alienation, Sites of Resistance, and Modern Ireland”: The 2014 Meeting of the New England Region of the American Conference for Irish Studies
Wheaton College (Norton, Massachusetts)
21-22 November 2014

FRIDAY, 21 NOVEMBER: SESSION II (4:30-5:15 PM): PANEL 3 (Meneely 201)
Bram Stoker’s Dracula: Contexts and Afterlives
Sponsored by The Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, and Legend Area of the Northeast Popular Culture/American Culture Association (NEPCA)
Organizer/Presider: Michael A. Torregrossa, Independent Scholar

1. “Using Dracula to Explore 19th-Century Reactions to Medical Theories from the Preceding Century”
Nicole Salomone, Independent Scholar

2. “My Revenge is Just Begun—The Evolution of Superstition and Science from Stoker’s Dracula to NBC’s Primetime Series Dracula
Marijana Stojkovic, East Tennessee State University

3. “Re-fashioning Dracula: Psychic Vampires in Postwar American Culture”
Kristin Bidoshi, Union College

4. “A Transylvanian Count in Camelot? Investigating the Draculas of the Modern Matter of Britain”
Michael A. Torregrossa, Independent Scholar

Further details about the conference and registration information can be found online at