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May 20 2007

'The Psychology of Joss Whedon' - available for pre-order. It appears to be a collection of pop culture essays about Joss and issues arising from his shows. We're informed that it will have an "in-depth examination of the psychological gravity that has captivated his deeply devoted fan base". This'll be out in December according to Amazon.

If anyone knows anything more about this book (in particular what exactly "psychological gravity" means), do please comment.

This sounds fantastic! I'm in the middle of reading Existential Joss Whedon: Evil and Human Freedom in 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer', 'Angel', 'Firefly' and 'Serenity', and I've got a plethora of academic studies and essay collections (I buy pretty much all of the Pop Culture & Philosophy series.)

I'll be buying this ASAP.
Sounds great! I'll be getting it. And that cover is so cool.
Hey, Haunt,

Would you, or anyone else for that matter, recommend the 'Existential Joss Whedon' essay book? Cheers...
I'd like to hear about Existential..., too. They've got it at the comic store I go to for $35.
Yeah, it's quite dear for a book by an author I don't know which gives me pause so i'll also chime in as being interested in opinions about 'Existential ...' from Haunt or anyone else that's read it (except the author. Or the author's Mum ;).

This one sounds interesting but i'll wait and try to get a better idea of what it's about before splashing any hard earned around. If it's gonna be all about how incredibly Freudian stakes are then i'll probably pass.
I highly recommend the Existential Joss Whedon book. I'm sort of obsessed with these types of books and collections, even when they're a bit "beyond" me. Also, Mrs. Haunt and I met the authors at the last Slayage Whedon Conference, and they were great guys.

I'm only halfway through the book so far, but already it's done something many of the other critical essays and analyses have fallen short of... getting me interested in watching BtVS again. AND it includes material on Angel, Firefly and Serenity as well.
I wonder if there's any psychoanalyzing of Joss contained within. If I were Joss, I'd be amused by picking up a book that psychoanalyzed me.

I'm sure it's not so hokey as to do that, though.

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