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The “It’s Just a Movie” Mistake

I used to think everyone was wooed by the characters and qualities they admired onscreen. Turns out, many aren’t even aware of the ways movies subtly impress upon us visions of character, virtue, and vice.

California to Texas

It’s been eighteen days since I left California! One thing I’ve learned about road-tripping across the US on a budget is that the constant moving on, moving on, moving on doesn’t give you much time to breath. By the time you reach your destination, plot your next move, and update your Instagram, all you really …

Something Like Courage

The bad news is that I only have forty-five minutes two and a half hours three hours to write this.  The good news is that I could be writing it on my new MacBook Air instead of on my old iPhone 6 Plus (!).  Maybe it’s the feeling that the laptop isn’t broken in enough …

Reading Jo Baker’s Longbourn: A Tale of Long-Suffering

SoCal in August can be quite comfortable if you like saunas.  Every morning, you shower and style your hair.  Clean and well groomed the way you like it.  Everything except makeup, which you haven’t worn in months and dread the thought of ever wearing again.  Once this is over.  Once the world reopens and there’s …

Existential Angst and Other Cliches

It’s 9:30 p.m. on Saturday and tomorrow’s post is due at noon.  Ordinarily, I’d make some crack about hugging my deadlines out of affection, but I don’t have the energy.  I haven’t had the energy for much of anything this week.  Not since Wednesday, when my landlords returned to slam doors—and leave them unlocked—and wake …

Seven British Crime Shows Worth Watching FREE on YouTube

It’s summer in SoCal and the weather is finally hot enough to prove it.  As much as I love living in a Mediterranean climate, I’m always secretly glad when Cali’s June Gloom lasts through July.  I always think that maybe—just maybe, by some cosmic intervention—we’ll somehow skip the heatwave and get snow for Christmas. Then …

“The Stolen Child” by W. B. Yeats

William Butler Yeats (1865–1939, pronounced “Yates”) was born in Dublin and raised in County Sligo and London.  In 1880, he returned to Dublin to become a painter like his father but discovered a penchant for poetry instead.  His work was influenced by a strong sense of patriotism and spiritualism.  In addition to the Celtic Revival, he …

Is It Too Soon to Exhume George Floyd?

When something noteworthy happens, people are often quick to talk and slow to listen, short on facts and long on information.  This haste makes sense for people who are paid to break the news while it’s still hot.  That’s why it’s called “breaking news”; otherwise, it would be called “broken news.”  And yet, the news …

The Two-Faced Introvert

If you’re a fellow introvert, I don’t need to tell you what that means.  You know.  You know what it’s like to feel inferior—to be told that you’re not as fun or cool or likable as the “better half” of the population—that the only way to be someone who matters is to be someone you’re …