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Monthly Archives: January 2017

The Absurd World and A Series of Unfortunate Events

I was wrong. I am eating crow. I need to figure out how to be a part of a world that seems too strange and treacherous to believe.

Yarn Shop

The first mittens that the girl ever knits are for her father, but he does not wear them, because he is afraid he will ruin them.

Courage

This balancing act bestows a lot of power on therapists. It also becomes a breeding ground for callousness.

Soviet Daughter

Themes of identity across generations of Russian-Jewish women are wonderfully woven together in Julia Alekseyeva’s brilliant debut graphic memoir, Soviet Daughter: A Graphic Revolution.

Four More Years!

“The best movie ever made! Critics everywhere LOVE it. Cannes standing ovation. Big appalls!”

Five More Minutes

Their apathy towards education, even in the moments it was spoon fed to them, was almost impressive.

Let the Mystery Be

Let the Mystery Be

by | Jan 27, 2017

In an age now marked by both facts and alternative facts, our search for truth intensifies.

The Legendary Life of Étienne Brûlé

The Legendary Life of Étienne Brûlé

Étienne Brûlé sat down for his quarterly review in a loincloth and moccasins, chuckling to himself in Algonquin about the foolishness of imperialism.

A Moment Already Passed

A Moment Already Passed

There’s a song I’ve had stuck in my head for over a year now. And not just the music—it’s like the idea of the song is stuck in my head.

Betsy DeVos wants students to compete for academic opportunity, and that’s a problem. Here’s why.

Betsy DeVos wants students to compete for academic opportunity, and that’s a problem. Here’s why.

Ours is an era of historically massive income inequality; the DeVos plan for the future of American education would serve to further exacerbate the situation.

Why Feminism Matters and Doesn’t Matter

Why Feminism Matters and Doesn’t Matter

Words have limitations.

Silence: The Best NOT-Feel-Good Movie of the Year

Silence: The Best NOT-Feel-Good Movie of the Year

Silence is dead serious about faith.

On Ice Climbing and John Prine

On Ice Climbing and John Prine

Spend the next four years, and hopefully not eight, dear God hopefully not eight, fighting for those wild and important places.

Thanks, Obama

Thanks, Obama

Obama showed me that you can be a politician and a person of upright character and moral probity.

La Malinche Trump

La Malinche Trump

This narrative of Melania as a sly badass emerged through a series of clickable Internet conspiracy theories.

“MRW I stop using facebook only to start using Reddit”

“MRW I stop using facebook only to start using Reddit”

I had learned pretty quickly that Reddit was not friendly to women, people in ethnic minority groups, people in sexual minority groups…or really anyone.

This Review Will Wreck Your Evening / Your Whole Life and Your Day

This Review Will Wreck Your Evening / Your Whole Life and Your Day

The show excels in precisely the same way as its source material: it approaches its subject matter with a pitch-perfect ear for dark humor, and with an impishly ironic attitude toward storytelling.

Cellos and Controversy

Cellos and Controversy

imagine my dismay when I discovered on Monday that The Piano Guys, one of my favorite musical groups, had accepted Trump’s toxic invitation.

Eating Schnitzel in Germany

Eating Schnitzel in Germany

Thus, dousing your schnitzel in gravy is a gastronomical shot in the foot, tantamount to putting ice cream in the oven.

The Weight of Nothing

The Weight of Nothing

“It’s just that because the universe is expanding, that means it goes on forever, and forever makes now seem pointless,” I told Luke one day.

Brent Weeks’ Brawny Boys and Busty Babes

Brent Weeks’ Brawny Boys and Busty Babes

There’s more to the books, of course. But after all this, do you care?

The Faces of Radio

The Faces of Radio

I can distinctly remember my life before I knew what Delilah looked like, but I cannot go back to that time.

Why I Don’t Write Poems

Why I Don’t Write Poems

And if there’s one thing I’m really not, it’s a poet.

When the Movie You Love Doesn’t Love You Back

When the Movie You Love Doesn’t Love You Back

We started talking about all the shit she got done in Rogue One.
Unfortunately, it turns out Jyn gets zero shit done in Rogue One.

Martha, Martha

Martha, Martha

Well, shit, Jesus.

The Great Challenge of Trying

The Great Challenge of Trying

Setting a goal is setting yourself up for failure. You set a goal when you want to achieve something, you don’t set a goal for something you already have.

A Definitive Ranking of Chopped Judges

A Definitive Ranking of Chopped Judges

It is truly the judges who shine brightly on this program. So, here is the definitive ranking of the judges from best to worst (as well as a few remarks on their fashion sense).

26.

26.

Forgive me, I still haven’t learned the difference
between beautiful and important things.

La La Life

La La Life

Mia, waitress, wants to be an actor; Sebastian, broke musician, wants to own a jazz club. But La La Land’s biggest tension happens outside the screen: an unspoken, unreferenced standoff between itself and the twenty-first century.

Achievable New Year’s Resolutions

Achievable New Year’s Resolutions

Drink water. Preferably every day. Make your bed…at least once a week.