Camelot, ‘Tis a Silly Place

For five years, give or take, Funko has been making a series of collectible vinyl figures called POP! The figures are based on comic books, television series, movies, comic strips, video games, even bands. There have been Beatles figures and Batman figures, Doctor Who figures and Star Wars figures, Frozen figures and Sesame Street figures. … Continue reading Camelot, ‘Tis a Silly Place

The Once and Future King: The Candle in the Wind

At long last, we return to the series on Brian Sibley’s adaptation of T.H. White’s The Once and Future King for BBC Radio 4. Deadlines, Christmas, and deadlines compressed by Christmas conspired against me to write this on a timelier basis, and by this point I suspect that most listener’s attentions have turned to BBC … Continue reading The Once and Future King: The Candle in the Wind

The Once and Future King: The Lengthening Shadow

Enter Mordred. For the first four hours of Brian Sibley’s adaptation of T.H. White’s The Once and Future King, Mordred, Arthur’s bastard and incestuous son, has loomed over the proceedings as, on the night before the battle of Camlann, Arthur reminisces with Merlyn about his reign. He has always been an off-stage presence while Arthur … Continue reading The Once and Future King: The Lengthening Shadow

The Once and Future King: The Ill-Made Knight

ARTHUR So… you’re saying you can’t escape what’s going to happen to you when you meet Nimue. MERLYN There’s a thing about time and space which the philosopher Einstein is going to find out about. Some people call it destiny. ARTHUR Then if everything that happens is preordained, what is the point in trying to … Continue reading The Once and Future King: The Ill-Made Knight

The Once and Future King: The Queen of Air and Darkness

While listening to “The Queen of Air and Darkness,” the third episode of Brian Sibley’s adaptation of T.H. White’s The Once and Future King for BBC Radio 4 for a third time, something I had overlooked or had passed over me came to the fore and I had an unexpected insight. Am I an atheist … Continue reading The Once and Future King: The Queen of Air and Darkness

The Once and Future King: The Sword in the Stone

“I realize it’s hard to believe, but the great dream you and Lancelot once shared won’t ever die. One day, like the phoenix, it will rise again.”       — Merlyn A little more than a week ago I wrote about the first episode of Brian Sibley’s adapation of T.H. White’s The Once and … Continue reading The Once and Future King: The Sword in the Stone

The Once and Future King: The Coming of Merlyn

Last weekend, BBC Radio 4 began a six-part adaptation of T.H. White’s The Once and Future King, his famous Arthurian novel quartet. A few years ago, I wrote about Disney’s adaptation of The Sword in the Stone, a film I loved as a child and wasn’t quite as enchanted by as an adult. The new … Continue reading The Once and Future King: The Coming of Merlyn

On Things I’ve Been Reading

Captain America/Thor: The Mighty Fighting AvengersMarvel ComicsWritten by Roger LangridgeArt by Chris Samnee This is why comic books exist. Present-day Thor and World War II Captain America are transported back to the time of King Arthur so they can fight a four-headed dragon and keep Loki from claiming the Holy Grail. If you read comic … Continue reading On Things I’ve Been Reading

On Personal Travels Through Time

One hour in a time machine. All of history, past and future, is open to me. Where would I go? I wouldn't be like the amateur time travelers of Desmond Warzel's short story "WikiHistory" where, as BigChill says in the story, "everybody kills Hitler on their first trip." Honestly, no interest in that. I'd want … Continue reading On Personal Travels Through Time