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Cosmic Vertigo on the Isle of Lost

By Barry Vacker


from Getting Lost

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This is one essay from the anthology Getting Lost

Theories abound about the survivors of Flight 815 and their enigmatic island home on the supernatural television phenomenon “Lost.” This collection of essays provides insight into the most talked-about issues, including chapters on “Why the Survivors Must Be in Another Dimension (or the Twilight Zone),” “Lord of the Lost: Jack vs. Locke,” “The Others: Where On Earth Did They Come From … or Did They?” and “A Theologian’s View of the Island as Purgatory.” Contributors such as television critic Joyce Millman, SF writer Adam-Troy Castro and paranormal-romance author Mary Janice Davidson tackle predominant themes, plotlines and symbols of the hit show while answering the questions on every fan’s mind: What’s with the polar bears and black mist? Why does the sudden struggle for survival lead some to romantic relationships, some to conflict, and others to leadership? and Why did Boone have to die?

Contributors Include:

  • Amy Berner
  • Adam-Troy Castro
  • Clayton Davis
  • G. O. Likeskill
  • Nick Mamatas
  • Joyce Millman
  • Lani Diane Rich
  • Robert Richardson
  • Wayne Allen Sallee
  • Bill Spangler
  • Charlie W. Starr
  • Barry Vacker
  • Evelyn Vaughn
  • Leigh Adams Wright
  • Glenn Yeffeth

About the Author

Orson Scott Card, the author of Ender’s Game, Ender’s Shadow, Magic Street and Enchantment, is a distinguished professor of writing and literature at Southern Virginia University.

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About the Author

Barry  Vacker

Barry Vacker teaches media and cultural theory at Temple University, Philadelphia. The author of many articles and book chapters, his recent publications include the forthcoming textbook anthology, Media Environments (San Diego: Cognella Publishing 2010), which will be marketed nationally as a text for “Mass Media and Society” courses. Vacker wrote the text for Peter Granser’s art photography book about postmillennial culture, Signs (Stuttgart: Hatje Cantz and The Chicago Museum of Contemporary Photography 2008). He authored and designed four books of critical theory, Zero Conditions (2008), Crashing Into the Vanishing Points (2009), Starry Skies Moving Away (2009), and Slugging Nothing: Fighting the Future in Fight Club (2009), all produced by Theory Vortex, an experimental media collaborative founded by Vacker. He also wrote and directed the experimental documentary, Space Times Square (2007), which has screened in festivals and galleries in Beijing, Hamburg, Paris, Dallas, New York, and Philadelphia.

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