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Erik Kain

Erik writes about video games at Forbes and politics at Mother Jones. He's the contributor of The League though he hasn't written much here lately. He can be found occasionally composing 140 character cultural analysis on Twitter.

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  1. Rortybomb says:

    Spiegelman is awesome to see lecture live – he has such a command of the medium. Was he smoking? I have heard that it is in his contract to allow him to smoke during any public engagement – some college had to put him in a special room when he gave a talk so he could smoke there.Report

  2. E.D. Kain says:

    You know what, he didn’t smoke. He complained about not smoking, and warned us that he might be off his kilter a little because of it, but he did great. Not a cigarette in sight.Report

  3. jfxgillis says:


    It’s impossible to express the degree of disgust I feel at the Church for this re-investiture.

    To be clear, I’m a nonbeliever (to use President Obama’s phrase) and non-practicing, but I was raised Catholic and follow the Church as a serious and important global institution, hopefully, as a force for progress. I root for the Church in much the same way as I root for the Red Sox.

    But this is simply intolerable. When Cardinal Ratzinger first became Pope Benedict XVI I kinda cringed at some of the Nazi cheap shots just because, well, to have expected any kid to make the moral choice to reject the duties of the state imposed by joining the Hitler Youth is unfair.

    But not now. As far as I’m concerned, the Vatican is a malign force until the day Benedict dies.Report

  4. E.D. Kain says:

    Jack, the one thing you don’t have to worry about is that particular act of God taking much longer. Then perhaps they’ll pick another reformer, or at least another decent man like John Paul II.

    Thanks for stopping by!Report

  5. jfxgillis says:

    Oh whoa. If wikipedia can be believed, Martin probably DID violate German Holocaust Denial Law. Note the “rendered harmless” phrase. No wonder he wants his account deleted post haste. [cross-posted to HoD GT]Report

  6. E.D. Kain says:

    See now you’ve got me wondering what the hell you’re talking about…on my way to HoD…Report

  7. Joel says:

    I saw that Spiegelman talk at Benaroya (that’s what it looks like). He was/is awesome.Report