S-Town, the new This American Life and Serial mini series, unfurls like a true crime investigation but soon morphs into a long and complex story about a man and his community. This American Life reporter Brian Reed is called down to Woodstock, Alabama, by an eccentric antique clock restorer, John B. McLemore to investigate a murder and police coverup. But the murder investigation deflates like a souffle and we’re stuck listening to John B rant and rave about climate change and the end of the world. Imagine an unkempt red-headed man who loves flowers and clocks, but is way too into conspiracies (tin hat and other).… Read more »
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As disappointed in the election results as I was, I was pissed when I first heard about the several anti-Trump protests across the country. I thought it was childish, petty, and further eroded the faith in the election process. After Trump and his supporters spent weeks talking about rigged elections, were these protesters any better caretakers of our democratic process?
The only thing I retained from eighth grade history class was the teacher’s raising his voice to emphasize how important and integral the peaceful transfer of power after the elections. Perhaps his face even turned red. Other countries descended into chaos and civil war after elections, but not America.… Read more »
I’m so tired of talking about politics, but I can’t stop. I’ve been seeing a lot of lashing out on the interwebs about people who voted for the wrong candidate (e.g. white people, women, minorities), at the Democratic party, at Hillary Clinton. Vanity Fair even had the gumption to draw a line between Jon Stewart’s absence to the election. The media lied to us. The pollsters were incompetent.
And I’d like to point out that, “bitches be crazy” has never been a great conflict-resolution tactic. Neither is “people are idiots.” Which is not to say that showing empathy and open heartedness is a great idea either.… Read more »
Today is a sad day for half the Americans who voted, and it is a great day for the other half. And for everyone who could have voted and didn’t, you can just shut up and sit back.
I am in the sad group.
I had certain hopes and dreams about my country, and the Present elect and his voters don’t hold those same values dear.
I have spent the majority of my adult life in other countries, and hands down, America is the best. Not the best in a jingoistic sense — we could definitely take some pointers from public transportation in Asia — but best in all the ways that home is best.… Read more »
I wrote this post on July 17 on my phone while taking a very long walk, and then I sat on it for almost two months hoping I’d change my mind.
I am going away for a while. I just don’t enjoy writing reviews like I used to. I’ve known this for a while when writing those of Game of Thrones reviews. Even when I was blown away by the finale I didn’t have much to say…so I didn’t.
I watched Finding Dory, and found it deeply troubling to have such a poignant portrayal of a child with a disability (short term memory loss) and then make a seal with a unibrow a butt of a joke.… Read more »
A former colleague’s father recently passed away. I heard about it today, and realized with a chill that no one that I’ve known has died in years. I wanted to reach out to said coworker and offer my condolences, but worried that it would be awkward since we didn’t work closely together and when I searched my email, I realized I didn’t even have his email address.
Grief is also such a private thing. I didn’t know his relationship with his father, and it’s almost a vulgar feeling to be close to death and feel like you dodged a bullet. Kind of like the sad cousin of schadenfreude.… Read more »
First a bit of housekeeping. I got an email a few weeks ago asking if I was going to review the Fargo TV series, and I didn’t respond because I didn’t really know. Fargo is definitely on the list of shows to watch, but that list seems to grow by the week. The short answer is not in the near future.
But onto things I like. There are quite a few of embedded links so please be patient. It might take a while to load.
1. Flula’s Mastercard Commercial
Since Youtube Red launched, I’ve been waiting for the inevitable tide of youtube ads.… Read more »
Things have been in a bit of a transition. I just wrapped up a huge project at the beginning of August, and am starting a new one in fits and bursts. It feels akin to ending a relationship. Suddenly, you have unfilled hours and a semi-cluttered mental space. I am not so good with goodbyes.
When I started this blog, I had just moved to Taiwan from China and was living with a group of people who really inspired and motivated the direction of this space. And since I’ve left, writing about TV and film has been tinged with melancholy. I wasn’t a big Film and TV buff before Taiwan, and my enjoyment of this medium is mostly communal.… Read more »
I have to be honest here. This started off as a list of favorites, but ended up being a reflection of what I’ve been reading, watching, and listening this year. I’m just not an enthusiastic enough person to have a top five list that isn’t peppered with qualifications.
If there is an overall theme, I really liked my advice gurus in 2014, whether it be a daily dose of humanity from Humans of New York to life hacks from Cal Newport and CGP Grey to writing advice from Anne Lamott, David Foster Wallace, or Janet Reid to baking tips from Joe Pastry.… Read more »
54% of the people who read this blog are men. That’s why I opened with Louie CK.
Since there is no Game of Thrones episode this week, I might as well talk about feminism, feminists, misogyny, and misogynists…and He Who Must Not be Named, Elliot Rodger.
A female friend pointed out something to me months and months ago.
Why do I have to be feminist? Why do people have to be feminist?
Now before you bring out the pitchforks and the bonfires, hear us out. In common American usage, there are no words the embody concepts that are pro-racial equality or pro-gay rights.… Read more »
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