Is Billy Pilgrim Crazy?

A student of mine recently asked whether Billy Pilgrim, the protagonist (for lack of a better word) of Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse Five, has, within the context of the narrative (such as it is) really experienced a close encounter with aliens or simply lost his mind. The question is certainly valid. When I first read the…Read more Is Billy Pilgrim Crazy?

Geek Thought: Star Trek and Big Fan

Other people have probably beaten me to this observation, but I think there's a connection to be made between Robert Siegel's recent film Big Fan and the classic Star Trek episode "Let That Be Your Last Battlefield." In Big Fan, Patton Oswalt plays Paul Aufiero, a rabid New York Giants fan who isn't above painting…Read more Geek Thought: Star Trek and Big Fan