I started rereading Jacques The Fatalist this week. Not because I have a particular proclivity towards late 18th Century French Literature (I really don’t), but because while sitting on my couch I saw Jacques on my bookshelf, remembered that I did kinda enjoy it when I read it back in college, and decided that, hey,… Continue reading Pretension
Nine Things From 2022
Oh wow, I somehow fell out of the habit of doing my Top Nine Movies, probably on account of, y’know, the pandemic. So we’re bringing it back, but this time it’s not just movies. It’s nine things I really enjoyed this year. Some of which are movies, others, well, you’ll see. As ever, it’s nine… Continue reading Nine Things From 2022
November starts in a few days, and with it comes National November Writing Month. After taking last year off, I’m back in it again so expect half-coherent posts next month as I try and slog out 50,000 words. Or more, ideally. I’ve spent a good chunk of this year reverse-engineering an outline from the novel… Continue reading Rewriting
Not Glittery Gold
Heads up, this post contains some minor spoilers for Rings of Power. Probably not actual spoilers if you were following casting news in the lead-up to the release of Amazon’s shot, but it is about a neat surprise I got while watching, having been ignoring the buzz. Don’t worry, it’s not about who turns out… Continue reading Not Glittery Gold
What The Hell Is Canon, Anyway?
That long-awaited/feared Amazon-made show based on Tolkien’s stories is finally out and I have watched the first two episodes and let me tell you that I am surprised by how much I dig it. Understand, I absolutely love The Lord of The Rings —in both book and movie form—, I tackled The Silmarillion shortly after… Continue reading What The Hell Is Canon, Anyway?
I’ve been on vacation this week, and rather than writing a half-baked essay on a solid idea, so barely a month after the last time, I’m doing another one of those What Have I Been Doing Lately. Is it a cop-out? Maybe. But it’s my blog and I can do whatever I want. Movie TV:… Continue reading Vacationing
It feels odd to write a pop-culture focused blog right now, especially with the everything going on these days. Writing an essay about a movie or video game feels so futile when I’d much rather rail against an illegitimate court or decry ineffectual politicians doing nothing to stop gun violence. With it is that desires… Continue reading Finding Joy
I’ve been reading Hideo Kojima’s The Creative Gene lately, because not only do I love this man's video games, I love the brain of the guy that makes them. There’s a particular spark to his games and a love of storytelling that's downright infectious, so a collection of essays about pieces of media that he… Continue reading Language Barrier
The movie version of The Lord of The Rings is quite different from the book version of The Lord of The Rings, but they’re both very much The Lord of The Rings. It’s the same story, and the movie does an incredible job at adapting the book by not adapting the book. Let me explain.… Continue reading The Spine
I haven’t been reading as much since I’ve moved. A big part of that is due to longer having my subway commute. You can’t exactly read while you’re driving, owing to the whole, y’know, fact that you’re driving. I’m sure I could put on an audiobook (though it’s not the same), but I do wish… Continue reading Reading Time