Caves, Comics and Culture

Caves, Comics and Culture

Caves. Holders of our fears, monsters of our nights. Odysseus’ cave held Cyclops. The Mines of Moriah held the Cave Troll. But caves also hold our dreams, the treasure of our day’s quest. Aladdin found his Genie. Indiana Jones his Holy Grail.  Humans have always tried...
Has (Pop)Culture Trumped Politics?

Has (Pop)Culture Trumped Politics?

By Mark Rodgers It’s been a long time coming. Almost 20 years ago, while working on the Hill and hosting a conversation with UVA sociologist James Davison Hunter over lunch, I recall waking up to the growing impact of the popular culture, and its inevitable...
Boromir, Billy and Black Panther

Boromir, Billy and Black Panther

By Mark Rodgers “(The Ring) is a gift. A gift to the foes of Mordor. Why not use this ring? Long has my father, the Steward of Gondor, kept the forces of Mordor at bay. By the blood of our people are your lands kept safe. Give Gondor the weapon of the enemy. Let...
Change on the Field

Change on the Field

By Mark Rodgers The 2018 Grammys recorded one of its lowest ratings in years, 19.8 million viewers, down 24% compared to the 2017 Grammy Awards. The 2018 Super Bowl will be the most-watched television event of 2018, with over 110 million viewers tuning in. The 2018...