How to Pick Your ‘Final Fantasy XIV’ Class Based on Your Hogwarts House

If you’ve never played Final Fantasy XIV before, you should start now! With the expansion Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers on the horizon (out on July 2, 2019), it’s the perfect time to join this merry adventure. But where to begin? First let’s talk about the Final Fantasy series and compare it to Final Fantasy XIV. XIV is an MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role-playing game—phew, have … Continue reading How to Pick Your ‘Final Fantasy XIV’ Class Based on Your Hogwarts House

Deconstructing the Constructor: An Interview with Mark Rosenfelder

When it comes to the putative title of “Master of the Constructed Language,” Mark Rosenfelder’s claim to it has some serious merit. He has quite literally written the book—four, in fact—dedicated to conlangs and helping readers with crafting their own. The most recent of these, The Syntax Construction Kit (SCK), was released in November. Mr. Rosenfelder has graciously agreed to be interviewed. A New Book … Continue reading Deconstructing the Constructor: An Interview with Mark Rosenfelder

Slytherins Are Not Bad People

Despite her best attempts to keep her greedy little niffler paws in it, the Harry Potter universe has grown beyond the machinations of the great J.K. Rowling. We’re eternally grateful she blessed us with the story, but the fans have since taken it and made it their own. From fanfiction and fanart to quidditch clubs and book clubs, at this point more young people probably … Continue reading Slytherins Are Not Bad People

The Beginner’s Guide to Anime: The Art of Respect

My very first anime was not Pokémon, Sailor Moon, or Dragonball Z. It was Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland. Look it up. It was preciously beautiful (and terrifying, thanks to the Nightmare King), but as I grew from Pokémon dweeb to Moonie to anime club official, I’ve learned a few things. First off, anime is not an all encompassing term for children’s cartoons. In fact, … Continue reading The Beginner’s Guide to Anime: The Art of Respect

Taylor Swift’s “ME!”: An Ode to Narcissus with a Nod to Winnie the Pooh

To call Taylor Swift’s newest single an exercise in narcissism is to say that rain is wet, or perhaps that rainbows are colorful. Obvious, maybe, but denied by the second most hyped thing to come out of this week. Swift herself says the song is about “embracing your individuality and really celebrating it, and owning it.” (Not, apparently, about the nature of color and light, … Continue reading Taylor Swift’s “ME!”: An Ode to Narcissus with a Nod to Winnie the Pooh

Books and Tea for the Cold Early Spring

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man of good fortune probably doesn’t read enough, but probably drinks a lot of caffeine. Switch your coffee pot off, put the kettle on, go to your local library and snuggle up. Here are five books and five accompanying teas to keep you sane as the days continue to stretch on and on and on, as … Continue reading Books and Tea for the Cold Early Spring

A Genre For Every Season: Spring

Goodbye to winter jackets, roaring fires, and the bitter cold. Hello to tiny rabbits, spring showers, and an explosion of green. Where pastels and floral patterns are in, and life blooms bigger and better with each rising of the sun. With the dawn creeping up earlier every day and the birds chirping a sweeter melody, how could you not want to enjoy a good story … Continue reading A Genre For Every Season: Spring