Author Archives: Andrew Slack

Andrew is a teacher, social organizer and human rights activist, comedian, actor, and writer. He spent years performing sketch comedy for hundreds of colleges across the US only to stop touring so that he could devote himself full time to the HP Alliance which he co-founded in 2005. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Brandeis University, Andrew is dedicated to learning and extrapolating how modern myth, new media, and expressive therapy can transform our lives both personally and collectively.

The Warner Brother Who Stole Christmas

Let’s look to great storytellers like Dickens and Seuss with the hope that maybe this Christmas whatever mysterious force opened the heart of Ebenezer Scrooge and the Grinch will open the heart of those at the top of Warner Bros.: CEO Barry Meyer and Senior Vice Presidents Barry Ziehl and Ana de Castro.

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Posted in Harry Potter Alliance News |

Homophobia’s Legacy

20 years ago today, Magic Johnson came out as having HIV. It created a seismic shift in how mainstream and conservative America prioritized the funding of fighting AIDS. The fact that it took a heterosexual athletic celebrity to come out, however courageous Magic Johnson was in doing so, is in itself a tragedy. The worldwide AIDS epidemic could have been severely limited had it not been for homophobia. The greatest legacy of homophobia is NOT the prevention of marriage equality, it’s people in poor nations dying of AIDS without any medicine and dying alone, stigmatized by their communities. And it’s a legacy of gay men in New York City and San Francisco dying miserably and alone watching an American public watch them suffer and die without caring at all.

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Posted in LGBTQ |

Faith, Science, and Existence

I express my feelings around the ubiquity of faith in everything, including what so many people mistakenly believe is the enemy of faith: the scientific method. Rather than seeing our inevitable need for faith as some kind of never ending existential prison, I argue that it is some kind of never ending existential key.

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Posted in Philosophical Musings |

Do we prefer flawed characters?

Andrew Sullivan discusses whether we are drawn to flawed characters because we can relate to them

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Posted in Stories |

Batman versus Superman (continued: with Spiderman thrown into the mix)

Which of the two larger than life super heroes would you rather fall in love with? Batman or Superman? And/or which of the two would you rather be?

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Posted in Comics, Harry Potter Alliance News |

Batman versus Superman

In his groundbreaking work, “Supergods,” legendary comic book creator Grant Morrison poses that the world associates “Superman” with socialism and “Batman” with capitalism. Why is this? Further, what comics should comic novices like myself start reading? And lastly, what reasons do Batman and Superman have for ever fighting each other and on a symbolic level, does it have any thing to do with Mr. Morrison’s posit of different world views coming together?

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Posted in Comics |

People’s Movements are “Catching Fire”

The 20th century, pre-9/11 status quo has grown stale in humanity’s consciousness and no matter which way the arrow lands, the fact that it is spinning (in the form of the Arab Spring, Occupy, and Tea Party movements) means that it is breaking through what was otherwise perceived as static and entrenched barriers that the consolidation of power proved impossible to break through.

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Posted in Harry Potter Alliance News |

Snape and Spike

There are striking similarities between Severus Snape and Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Let’s list some. Spoiler warning for Harry Potter and Buffy.

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Posted in Accio Books |

Elmo promotes the HPA’s “Fans for Equality”

Our friends at Wizarding Life made a video of Elmo thanking the HPA and promoting Fans for Equality. Check it out!

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Posted in LGBTQ |

The Deathly Hallows Campaign on MLK Day

I’d like to add to the wonderful entries we have seen on the subject of how we eat by putting it into the context of today’s holiday in the US: Martin Luther King Day.

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