The Last of Us [Penny Dreadful, Pound Foolish]

Penny Dreadful—the title refers to the penny dreadfuls, a type of 19th-century cheap British fiction publication with lurid and sensational subject matter. The TV series draws upon many characters from 19th-century Irish and British fiction, including Dorian Gray from Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray, Mina Harker and Abraham Van Helsing from Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and Victor Frankenstein and his monster from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.… Read Full Article

China’s “ghost cities”: a fever of destruction, construction, and abandonment [24/29]

Ghost City In Yunnan

Two vehicles and people make their way along a street on November 22, 2013 in Chenggong, Yunnan Province of China. Chenggong is a satellite city located just south of Kunming. As of 2012, much of the newly constructed housing in Chenggong is still unoccupied, and it is reportedly one of the largest ghost towns in Asia.… Read Full Article