The Nine for April 2022

TCM–April’s “Star of the Month” on TCM was Errol Flynn, so this month’s newsletter is mostly going to be fangirling pretty hard! If you don’t know this about me, Errol Flynn has been one of my favorite actors since I saw The Adventures of Robin Hood when I was 9. I’ve mostly been watching some … Continue reading The Nine for April 2022

Nine For Now- January Newsletter

This month's newsletter is coming out later than I had hoped. I blame snow, sickness and asynchronous learning days. In the future this newsletter will be available in your inbox rather than on the blog, so if you enjoy it, please make sure to subscribe. For now, here are nine things from my life. Portrait … Continue reading Nine For Now- January Newsletter

D.G. Myers—Thoughts on Dying and Literary Criticism

It is hard to talk about dying. Even though there is a 100% death rate among humans, we don’t really know what to say about it. Militant phraseology invades our lexicon when confronted with cancer or some other terminal illness.  In the face of imminent death and life altering disease we use words like “fight” … Continue reading D.G. Myers—Thoughts on Dying and Literary Criticism

When Best Selling Doesn’t Mean Best Writing: The Mind Numbing Problems with Divergent

This post contains spoilers—the main one being that I think this book is terrible. Never have I read a book that went off the rails so suddenly or so completely. The last act of this story is a crazy, train-wreck of a read. And I don’t mean that in a good way. The Deceptively Mediocre … Continue reading When Best Selling Doesn’t Mean Best Writing: The Mind Numbing Problems with Divergent

Sin City and the Art of Adaptation

The images in Sin City may be black and white, but the morals certainly aren't. Frank Miller created a series of comics, now generally collected in to seven volumes, that tells the stories of one singularly corrupt town.  He exposes the underbelly of a city full of thugs, hit men, dirty politics and polluted justice. … Continue reading Sin City and the Art of Adaptation

4 Questions To Help You Know If It’s Time To Breakup

We’ve all been in that dead end relationship.  The one where no matter how much time you put into it, you never make any progress.  The one where no matter how hard you try you just can’t muster up any affection, much less love. Somehow, no matter how bad it gets—and believe me sometimes it … Continue reading 4 Questions To Help You Know If It’s Time To Breakup

A Look Inside My Guilty Pleasure

Spy novels.  That’s my vice, my guilty pleasure. My younger brother, from whom I never take advice, told me once that guilty pleasures are stupid.  If something’s a pleasure, you should not feel guilty. This sort of hedonism is either the best or worst philosophy.  It all depends on how long-term your approach to pleasure … Continue reading A Look Inside My Guilty Pleasure