• We Need More Hope-Filled Media

    We Need More Hope-Filled Media

    Whenever anyone asks me what kinds of movies and shows I like, I tend to just give the vague umbrella answer of “fun and feel-good,” occasionally followed up with, “if I wanted to be depressed, I’d just watch the news.” This usually returns a mixed bag of recommendations, since of course different things make different […]

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  • What Happened to Competence Porn?

    What Happened to Competence Porn?

    In 2009, Leverage writer John Rogers wrote in a blog post about how viewers enjoyed “watching competent people banter and plan,” something his team had come to refer to as “competence porn.” This phenomenon, now named, has loosely cropped up throughout all forms of media over the years, from Odysseus escaping the Cyclops to Sherlock […]

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  • An Argument for Literary Perseverance

    An Argument for Literary Perseverance

    Nearly every job I’ve ever had I’ve quit for a reason that was, in all reality, rather unsatisfactory. I cleaned pools throughout college and, when told my future sister-in-law was moving to Georgia for work, I decided to quit altogether over the phone that same day, at a pool I was cleaning no less, rather […]

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  • Making Time to Read, Not Excuses

    Making Time to Read, Not Excuses

    I should read more, but I just don’t have time. We’ve all heard it. You may have even said it at some point. Either way, it’s most likely a lie. It’s a known fact that our world is busy. People race from work to pick up the kids from school or soccer practice to go […]

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  • Get Off Your High Horse, the Book Is Not Always Better Than the Movie

    Get Off Your High Horse, the Book Is Not Always Better Than the Movie

    It is common knowledge among book readers that the movie version will almost always be inferior to the book it’s based off of. It’s a popular refrain by moviegoers, dinner guests and librarians everywhere. And to some degree this belief is well justified. There are a lot of bad or utterly forgettable book adaptations out […]

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  • What Does Your Favorite Classic Monster Say About You?

    What Does Your Favorite Classic Monster Say About You?

    You see them lurking in the shadows. You hear their howls on the wind. You feel them brush past, prickling awareness on your skin. As vegetation begins to rot and a chill invades the air, they sneak back into our collective consciousness en masse, awaiting their rightful place as the kings and queens of Halloween. […]

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  • A Genre For Every Season: Summer

    A Genre For Every Season: Summer

    Whether summer means blistering in the sun on a white sand beach or finding your next outdoor fix, you’re bound to find some time to read. After all, summer is a season for relaxation and self-reflection, and books are perfect for just that. So slap on that sunscreen and spread those toes as we splash […]

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

    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. […]

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  • Good Literature Is Not Self Help: A Critique of ‘The Alchemist’

    Good Literature Is Not Self Help: A Critique of ‘The Alchemist’

    Near my apartment there is a cemetery sandwiched between the river and a main road. If you walk long enough hugging the path near the river you will see a gravestone partially obscured by flowers. If you push aside the leaves, you find a black and white picture of a young couple smiling warmly at […]

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  • Books and Tea for the Cold Early Spring

    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 […]

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