James Combs is Professor Emeritus at Valparaiso University in Indiana, USA. He has been active in such academic associations as the Popular Culture Association and the International Communication Association. He is author and editor of a wide variety of books and articles, primarily on subjects related to social and political communication and popular culture, exploring such concepts as political drama, phony culture, the comedy of democracy, and the expansion of social play. Recently he has focused on the social and aesthetic importance of motion pictures. His first book with Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Movie Time, explores the ways movies participate and mediate temporal passage, with retrospection of the past, emergence of a present, and projection of a future. The present work, Wit’s End, is the second volume of a projected trilogy. The third, entitled Comic Grace, will examine the enduring and animating significance and spirit of movie comedy. The author lives in a cabin in the woods of the American Appalachian mountains, along with his wife Sara, surrounded by trees and woodland animals.