Author Archives: joshlangston

About joshlangston

Grateful and well-loved husband, happy grandparent, novelist, editor, and teacher. My life plate is full, and I couldn't be happier. Anything else I might add would be anticlimactic. Cheers!

Are all superheroes really vigilantes? (Encore)

Short answer: yep, pretty much. At least in the context of my Villains, Virgins and Vigilantes thesis which holds that these three character types are the primary staples of popular fiction. There are two other categories I’ll also discuss — … Continue reading

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Happy–cough–New–snort–Year!

So, I’m sitting here at my machine, and in between sneezes, coughs, and attempts to clear my sinuses (and everything attached thereto), I’m thinking it’s way past time for me to post something useful and writerly. (“Writerly” is a word, … Continue reading

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Christmas Cheer — Part Five

This will be my last post for 2019, and while the content isn’t brand new, the sentiment behind the story will never go out of date. Please understand, I love teachers; I even married one! And I do a bit … Continue reading

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Christmas Cheer–Part Four

“A family is a unit composed not only of children but of men, women, an occasional animal, and the common cold.” ~Ogden Nash For most children, Christmas morning is the most magical part of the most magical time of the year. But … Continue reading

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Christmas Cheer–Part 3

“To the world, you may be just one person, but to one person you may be the world.” ~Brandi Snyder The gate agent wears a Santa Claus hat, but offers neither a smile nor a “Ho ho ho,” as the old … Continue reading

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Christmas Cheer–Part Two

“I don’t believe in mathematics.” ~Albert Einstein The intensity of the cold surprised Toby as much as his sudden and painful arrival–face down in a layer of feathery snow too thin to cushion him from the hard-pack beneath it. He came … Continue reading

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Christmas Cheer–Part One

“The invisible and the non-existent look very much alike.” ~Delo McKown “They’re gone,” Mrs. Binderburg said. She set a plate of cookies on the kitchen table and lowered herself into a straight-backed chair. She stared at the cookies for a time, … Continue reading

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