Book Review: ‘Star Wars: The Original Topps Trading Card Series – Volume One’


If you are old enough to remember when Star Wars hit the pop culture scene in May of 1977, you probably recall that in those last years before videocassette recorders became affordable enough for the average American consumer, there really weren’t many means for fans to “take the movie home” until 20th Century Fox sawContinue reading “Book Review: ‘Star Wars: The Original Topps Trading Card Series – Volume One’”

Book Review: ‘Wacky Packages New New New’


Wacky Packages. If you were a kid growing up in the early to mid-1970s, you probably remember Topps’s Wacky Packages stickers, which were parodies of American consumer products and their packaging (hence the name “Wacky Packages”). More than likely, if you were around 10 years old in 1973 when Topps – known for its BazookaContinue reading “Book Review: ‘Wacky Packages New New New’”

Book Review: ‘William Shakespeare’s The Empire Striketh Back: Star Wars Part the Fifth’


I would as eagerly kiss a Wookiee’s lips. – Leia Organa, William Shakespeare’s The Empire Striketh Back: Star Wars Part the Fifth, Act I, Scene 1 On March 18, 2014, Philadelphia-based Quirk Books (home of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies) published William Shakespeare’s The Empire Striketh Back, Star Wars Part the Fifth. WrittenContinue reading “Book Review: ‘William Shakespeare’s The Empire Striketh Back: Star Wars Part the Fifth’”

Book Review: ‘William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope’


The Force. The Force doth give a Jedi all his pow’r, And ‘tis a field of energy that doth Surround and bind all things Together, here within our galaxy.  – Obi-Wan Kenobi, William Shakespeare’s Star Wars, Verily A New Hope, Act II, Scene 2 On July 2, 2013, Philadelphia-based Quirk Books published Ian Doescher’s WilliamContinue reading “Book Review: ‘William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope’”

Book Review: ‘Wacky Packages’


On June 1, 2008, Abrams ComicArts published Wacky Packages, a collection of the first seven series of Topps Chewing Gum Company’s irreverent trading cards that featured parodies of American consumer goods. Created by a team of artists that included Art Spiegelman (Maus), Norm Saunders, Jay Lynch, Kim Deitch, and Tom Sutton, Wacky Packages became aContinue reading “Book Review: ‘Wacky Packages’”

Life in the Time of COVID-19: Entertainment is Key to Maintaining Sanity


Living in the time of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is, to put it mildly, quite a challenge for most people, especially those of us who live in the United States. As I write this on the afternoon of April 10, there are 1,673,423 confirmed cases worldwide, with the U.S. in the not-so-great spot of beingContinue reading “Life in the Time of COVID-19: Entertainment is Key to Maintaining Sanity”

‘No hay novedad’: Life in the Time of COVID-19


Hi, there. Welcome to another edition of A Certain Point of View, Too, my new blog in WordPress. As I write this, it’s almost six o’clock on Thursday, April 9. Here in my corner of Florida, it’s 84 degrees Fahrenheit (29 degrees Celsius) under mostly sunny skies. It’s early spring, but here in the DeepContinue reading “‘No hay novedad’: Life in the Time of COVID-19”

Coming Soon to “A Certain Point of View, Too”


Hello, there! Welcome to another edition of Bloggin’ On in A Certain Point of View, Too, my new WordPress blog, the best place in the blogsphere to get my latest reviews, essays, and political commentary.  I hope you are staying safe and healthy in these weird and troubled times of the COVID-19 pandemic, and thatContinue reading “Coming Soon to “A Certain Point of View, Too””

Book Review: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker – Expanded Edition


On March 17, Del Rey Books (an imprint of Random House based in New York) published Rae Carlson’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker – Expanded Edition, a novelization of Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker, the last installment of the Skywalker Saga. Published nearly 44 years after Alan Dean Foster’s Star Wars:Continue reading “Book Review: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker – Expanded Edition”