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 and infrequently keeps an online journal. 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 ; her book of essays and columns, The Art of Life; her humorous nonfiction ebook, Dedicated Idiocy: How Monty Python Fandom Changed My Life, and her newest poetry collection, Owning the Ghosts, can all be ordered from her Web site, AlyceWilson.com. In late 2019, she published a volume of poetry by her third great-grandfather, Reading's Physician Poet: Poems by Dr. James Meredith Mathews, which also contains genealogical information about the Mathews family. She lives with her husband and son in the Philadelphia area and takes far too many photos of her handsome, creative son, nicknamed Kung Fu Panda.