An Open Letter to Writers from a Slytherin INTJ

Stop making me the villain. I get it. INTJs are smart, tactical, seemingly emotionless. We give off an air of mystery, because nobody needs to know our business. We’re aloof, above it all. An easy target for the brooding loner type who doesn’t need you to write us auxiliary relationships and (can I get a hallelujah?) doesn’t need backstory, because that’s just how we are. … Continue reading An Open Letter to Writers from a Slytherin INTJ

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

The Difference Between INTJ and INTP

Myers-Briggs has become a popular way to categorize people, to generalize and maybe even understand them. Thanks to an overabundance of internet tests and opinionated bloggers, there’s a lot of information floating around out there, much of it misleading or inaccurate. As an imperfect (and often discredited) form of psychology, it’s nearly impossible to have perfectly accurate information on the sixteen Myers-Briggs types, but that … Continue reading The Difference Between INTJ and INTP

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

‘Avengers: Endgame’ Gives Thor a New Beginning

*Spoilers included for Avengers: Endgame* As with most popular blockbuster films, Avengers: Endgame was barely released in theaters before the grumbling and criticism began. No movie is perfect, of course, and not everybody will be happy with the events that transpired in Avengers: Endgame. But there is one character whose arc has many people up in arms against the beloved Russo Brothers: Thor’s. In the … Continue reading ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Gives Thor a New Beginning

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