New Interview: MYTH-BUILDING IN MODERN MEDIA on Author Interviews

Brand new interview. I was very pleased to be featured on the excellent Author Interviews site, alongside some rather esteemed contemporaries, to discuss my book Myth-Building in Modern Media, my writing journey and practices, and what I’ve been enjoying reading lately. This was conducted during the Covid-19 lockdown in the summer but it’s still aContinue reading “New Interview: MYTH-BUILDING IN MODERN MEDIA on Author Interviews”

Tony Talks #24: A. J. Black – Published Author!

So it has finally happened guys… I am a published author! Myth-Building in Modern Media: The Role of the Mytharc in Imagined Worlds is finally now available to purchase via Amazon and all good bookshops. It won’t necessarily be on all shelves but you can order online. I’ll provide links at the bottom should youContinue reading “Tony Talks #24: A. J. Black – Published Author!”

Revolution & Rebirth: THE DARK KNIGHT RISES imagined America’s fire almost a decade ago

This piece was written in 2018 for my upcoming book Myth-Building in Modern Media, but ended up not fitting the final text. In the wake of George Floyd’s murder and the protest riots engulfing America, my belief is that Christopher Nolan’s final Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises, before Trump, or Covid-19, or walls andContinue reading “Revolution & Rebirth: THE DARK KNIGHT RISES imagined America’s fire almost a decade ago”

Tony Talks #20: Cultural Conversation Strikes Back!

Friends! Readers! Countrymen! You may have noticed that around a month or so ago, I said I was saying goodbye to WordPress for a site called Substack – some of you may well have followed me over there (thanks if you did). It didn’t, however, quite work out. Substack is great. I was really impressedContinue reading “Tony Talks #20: Cultural Conversation Strikes Back!”

Tony Talks #19: Happy New Year + 2020 Update!

Happy New Year (and decade) everyone! Firstly, I’d like to thank each and every one of you who reads this blog when you get the chance. I’ve worked hard particularly in the last few months to keep content rolling on a daily basis and I appreciate any interactions I have with you, whether via likesContinue reading “Tony Talks #19: Happy New Year + 2020 Update!”

STAR WARS EPISODE IX: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER: the expected, soulless capstone of a four decade saga

CAUTION: contains some major spoilers so only read on if you’ve seen the film. If you were looking for the perfect film to put a capstone on the 2010’s, Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker arguably would be it. Even with the blockbuster heavyweight of Avengers: Endgame concluding the first ten years ofContinue reading “STAR WARS EPISODE IX: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER: the expected, soulless capstone of a four decade saga”

Tony Talks #12: Tony’s Block

Howdy, y’all. Eagle eyed among you may have noticed my written output has been less precipitous this month as, in truth, I’ve been experiencing something of a block when it comes to my critical analysis & cultural commentary. The words haven’t been flowing.

Tony Talks #11: Introducing My First Book + Extra Details

Hola teamsters! Those of you who follow me @ajblackwriter on Twitter or via Facebook may already have seen this announcement, but I’m thrilled to finally reveal the title of my long-gestating non-fiction tome: Myth-Building in Modern Media: The Role of the Mytharc in Imagined Worlds, now available to pre-order from McFarland and due for releaseContinue reading “Tony Talks #11: Introducing My First Book + Extra Details”