Featured Works: Week of Dec. 15 (Pop Culture)

By on Dec 18, 2014 in Issue Archives


For better or worse, pop culture and the movies are big news this week,as our contributors take a closer look at our relationship with the things we read and watch.

In Jonathan Lowe’s witty “The Secret History of Walter Mitty,” he takes us on a stream-of-consciousness pop cultural journey.

A.J. Huffman’s “The Road to Anvil Road” waxes philosophical about Wile E. Coyote of the Warner Brothers Roadrunner cartoons.

Jack Vian’s “The Spandex Spider” shows us the drab reality behind a super-hero’s masked life.

In Jack Vian’s “They Said I Couldn’t Be Real,” a woman with super powers learns the harsh realities of media expectations.

Scott Blackwell’s “My Personal Biopic, in Black and White” uses film as a metaphor for life.


Alyce Wilson is the editor of Wild Violet and in her copious spare time writes humor, non-fiction, fiction and poetry, keeps an online journal, and is working on a book, Belated Mommy: How to Cope With Being an Older Mom. Her first chapbook, Picturebook of the Martyrs; her e-book/pamphlet, Stay Out of the Bin! An Editor's Tips on Getting Published in Lit Mags (which she plans to update this year); her book of essays and columns, The Art of Life; and her humorous nonfiction ebook, Dedicated Idiocy: How Monty Python Fandom Changed My Life, can all be ordered from her Web site, AlyceWilson.com. She lives with her husband and son in the Philadelphia area and takes far too many photos of her handsome, creative third grader, nicknamed Kung Fu Panda.