Friday, November 13, 2009

Not Your Usual Fare at Marginal Revolution, and, Praise for Alexis Denisof's Podcast

Tyler Cowen at Marginal Revolution (which is basically an economics blog) writes on a wide range of subject matters. However, I still raised my eyebrows a bit when I discovered he had done a blog post, "Why Do Vampires Attract So Many Readers and Viewers?". His post in turn is based on an article that appeared at the Washington Post.

Although I didn't see anything horribly original in either the main post or the comments, it still made for an interesting read, particularly to see the wide range of reactions to the vampire genre. Joss Whedon, David Boreanaz and James Marsters even showed up in one of the comments!

I had to laugh at Don's comment,
Vampires are a total absurdity, annoyance, and waste of time. Proof that our cultures have too much prosperity that people can waste their time and thoughts with such drivel.
Anyone who admits to harboring a trivial thought risks getting shot down as being a threat to all civilized society as we know it.

I can't come up with a definitive answer for the attraction, but I have noticed that, for whatever reason, production values seem to be a lot higher than usual in a lot of vampire TV shows and films. I also think the subject lends itself quite easily to whatever metaphor du jour is being explored, which also allows the creators to push the envelope a lot further without the risk of being too obvious or absurd with their messages.

Finally, Whedonesque finally posted a link to Alexis Denisof's recent interview for Somewhere in Vegas on BlogTalkRadio. I blogged about it previously here. Regular Whedonesque poster Simon gave a short but flattering review of the show, calling it "One of the best interviews that he's ever done"!

Somewhere in Vegas host MarQ Piocos (sorry for all of my previous misspellings of his name) did a nice job posting highlights of the interview here. Here's a link to the feed at

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