Category: The Symptoms


T. S. Eliot’s Hollow Men: A Zombie Poem


Artists are ahead of the rest of us when it comes to understanding the times; in his 1968 film Night of the Living Dead, George Romeo created the modern zombie, a picture of humanity in the contest of secular modernism.  I contend that the most insightful of the artists are...

Zombies and Time


We modern folks have a very modern view of time. Having emptied time of transcendence, we think of it as mere chronology or sequence. Still, this sequence can be viewed optimistically; in our culture we tend to find meaning in time in terms of human progress. Zombies challenge this optimism...

Zombie Burger


My three most memorable hamburgers are: 1) the Kobe Beef Burger that I eat at the Issaquah Brew Pub every spring with my gaming buddies. 2. The burger I ate at Norma's in Lacey, Washington, was by no means a gourmet burger, but it tasted great and had that 1950's...

The Diagnosis


If we are going to set about finding a cure for the zombie infestation, we need to understand why they are here in the first place. Zombies, like any other monster, attacks an identity that is unsure of itself.  The popularity of the zombie suggests that it is our collective identity...

Zombies: Are/Our Consumer Culture


That the zombie is a reflections of modern man is apparent in Romero’s second installment of his zombie narratives, Dawn of the Dead (1978) where he “offers us a glimpse of a universe in which all spiritual values have been replaced by our awareness of the material realities of the...