• arts and culture

    adventure of a lifetime

    dungeons & dragons & podcasts & lost youth

    October 11, 2019
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    “It’s not all abraca-fuck-you and what have you. I have a beating heart! I’m multidimensional! I’m a fully-realized creation! FUCK!” My friends and I first played Dungeons & Dragons right after high school graduation. For those of you who haven’t seen Stranger Things, and even some of you who have, allow me to explain the […]

    burning hot-take roundtable!

    five writers stir controversy on the latest in film, music, and…podcasts

    October 4, 2019
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    Midsommar, directed by Ari Aster Griffin Plaag Content Warning: Sexual assault Alright, we’re gonna do it: We’re gonna talk about some problems with Ari Aster’s summer horror hit, Midsommar. Be warned, spoilers await. On the whole, I find Aster’s commitment to exposing the subtle, microaggressive behaviors of the everyday male a refreshing project; rarely has […]

    the necessary death of the superhero genre

    a fan’s perspective

    September 27, 2019
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    Joker is coming out next weekend. Aren’t you excited to see the Clown Prince of Crime’s origin story as directed by the guy who made the The Hangover movies? I am. Not because of the praise, the acting, or what I’ve heard about the story. No—when I go into that theater on October 3, only […]

    a last ripple of the wave

    caught in the pull of virginia woolf

    September 27, 2019
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    “The sun has not yet risen.” High school has just ended. Hoping to fill my final summer before college with some kind of intellectual stimulation, I find myself on a Google hunt for “most poetic novels.” There’s not much to do on Long Island, you see, so my “fun time” for the past four years […]

    twice upon a time in hollywood

    with help from quentin and leo, a former child actor finds his star on the walk of fame

    September 20, 2019
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    Leonardo DiCaprio is punching himself in the face, and I’ve never felt more understood. Before you reprimand me for failing to intervene (presumably by reminding him that in 2016 he, in fact, won his long-awaited Oscar), I should clarify that poor Leo isn’t really hitting himself. He’s acting in Quentin Tarantino’s latest release—a 1969 period […]