Petra Mayer http://krvs.org en We Can Be Heroes — With Some Glue And A Little Fabric http://krvs.org/post/we-can-be-heroes-some-glue-and-little-fabric The San Diego Comic-Con is in full swing — celebrating not just comics, but movies, TV, books, video games and really cool costumes. It's called cosplay: the art and science of dressing up like your favorite character.<p>I've got a confession to make. I'm a cosplayer myself, though without any sewing skills, my costumes are a little hacked together. Luckily for me, there are some truly fantastic sights out on the convention floor, like zombie Teletubbies or an army of Daenerys Targaryens (Daenerii?). And so many <em>Frozen</em> princesses I can't keep track. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 12:40:00 +0000 Petra Mayer 52092 at http://krvs.org We Can Be Heroes — With Some Glue And A Little Fabric Watch Out For That Butterfly: The Lure Of Literary Time Travel http://krvs.org/post/watch-out-butterfly-lure-literary-time-travel Where would you go, if you had a time machine? Ancient Egypt? Tang Dynasty China? The Globe Theater, in 1599? Or maybe to the 25th century, because who knows, Buck Rogers might actually be there.<p>Sadly, no one's likely to invent a working time machine any time soon. But that hasn't stopped the legions of writers who've been exploring time travel ever since H. G. Wells described his first Morlock. Slips and drops and nets and projections and paradoxes — writers have thought up a hundred ways to travel backwards and forwards in time. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 12:05:00 +0000 Petra Mayer 51657 at http://krvs.org Watch Out For That Butterfly: The Lure Of Literary Time Travel History In The Groove: Q&A With Author (And 78 Collector) Amanda Petrusich http://krvs.org/post/history-groove-qa-author-and-78-collector-amanda-petrusich If you've ever enjoyed the ghostly weird-old-America wail of Robert Johnson, the deep blues of Charley Patton or Skip James' guitar wizardry, you can thank the 78 collecting community — those dedicated (okay, obsessive) folks who hunt down the rare old shellac records that hold so much of our musical past.<p>78s — named for the speed at which they revolve — are the distant ancestors of today's digitally downloaded singles. They passed out of use in the late 1940s, but still turn up occasionally at rural flea markets and in dusty cartons under forgotten beds. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 11:03:00 +0000 Petra Mayer 51214 at http://krvs.org History In The Groove: Q&A With Author (And 78 Collector) Amanda Petrusich Questions For Earl Swift, Author Of 'Auto Biography' http://krvs.org/post/questions-earl-swift-author-auto-biography This '57 Chevy station wagon was once pristine, the epitome of American automotive glory: two-tone green, with sweeping fins and enough chrome to blind pedestrians. But by the time journalist Earl Swift came across it, those days were gone, and it was subsiding gently into a heap of rust and torn upholstery.<p>Then a newspaper reporter in Norfolk, Va., Swift had been looking for a local car with a story to tell, but it hadn't been an easy search. "I experienced a slew of false starts," he told me via email. Sat, 10 May 2014 11:03:00 +0000 Petra Mayer 47149 at http://krvs.org Questions For Earl Swift, Author Of 'Auto Biography' 'Traveling Pants' Author Tries Traveling In Time http://krvs.org/post/traveling-pants-author-tries-traveling-time Author Ann Brashares became a young adult superstar more than a decade ago with the <em>Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants</em>, a feel-good series of books about the adventures of four best friends and a really great pair of jeans. It was eventually made into a couple of movies.<p>Brashares' new book, <em>The Here and Now</em>, ventures into unfamiliar territory for her: a dystopian future of "blood plagues" and time travel. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:07:00 +0000 Petra Mayer 45849 at http://krvs.org 'Traveling Pants' Author Tries Traveling In Time