The Legend of Euchre

cardsThis summer, I wrote about the card game of euchre at The Awl.

Follow this link to read “The People’s Card Game.” Here’s an excerpt:

“These days, most Americans don’t even recognize the word “euchre,” but it has been kept alive by loyal bands of Midwestern card players who live in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, a geographical body dubbed the ‘Euchre Belt.’”

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Star Wars Wars

The_Resurrection_of_Mara_Jade_by_techgnotic_on_DeviantArtAfter visiting the Star Wars Celebration convention with my daughter, I wrote an essay for deviantART about the hundreds of stories lost when Disney decided not to include the Expanded Universe in the upcoming films.

Thousands of fans were hurt by the revelation, and I interviewed a few Expanded Universe fans to find out how they felt about the change. The Expanded Universe is “a mighty mythology that filled gaps in the Star Wars story for millions of fans like me—a huge bookshelf of novels, comics and fan art.”

Here’s more: “In fact, Disney nearly destroyed this imaginary universe in a single press release. The Expanded Universe characters were exiled in a single sentence: In order to give maximum creative freedom to the filmmakers and also preserve an element of surprise and discovery for the audience, Star Wars Episodes VII-IX will not tell the same story told in the post-Return of the Jedi Expanded Universe.”


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