Book List For Young Readers: Nurturing Literacy In Our Youth

I had a tentative relationship with reading as a middle school and high school boy. I loved it. It was my favorite hobby, a task where I did not need to be physically active or socially adept- admittedly not a great reason to recede into a book, but a common one nonetheless. But loving anContinue reading “Book List For Young Readers: Nurturing Literacy In Our Youth”

Keanu: The Walking Meme And Genuinely Good Guy [Always Be My Maybe]

I was watching Always Be My Maybe with my wife on Valentine’s Day, munching on cheesecake, pecan pie with ice cream, and M&Ms when Keanu Reeves walked onto the screen as the mysterious date for the lovable and luckless in love, Sasha Tran. He strode into the pretentious restaurant, a caricature of fine dining, dressed in blackContinue reading “Keanu: The Walking Meme And Genuinely Good Guy [Always Be My Maybe]”

More Miniseries Please

In the aftermath of the wildly popular show The Queen’s Gambit, I heard many people reflect on how nice it was that the show was just one season, and then they recommended it to others with the comfort that they wouldn’t need to overcome their commitment issues or cheat on their current television relationship, it was justContinue reading “More Miniseries Please”

Alan Shepherd’s Speech And Re-Election Chances [The American President]

The American President ended on an oddly positive note. Shepherd finally clapped back at the low-life Rumson who exploited the President’s chivalrous silence in response to all character assassination attempts. Then the president triumphantly walked into the chamber for the State of the Union Address after announcing two Bills he would put before Congress, two pure,Continue reading “Alan Shepherd’s Speech And Re-Election Chances [The American President]”

You’re a captain, Ralphie, when I say you’re a captain. [The Sopranos] (Season 3)

Season 3 of The Sopranos was more of a follow up than a continuation of season 2. Most of the storylines that dominated season 2 found a hard stop in its two-episode finale, and the one that lingered- Tony and his mother- was brought to an end by Nancy Marchand’s passing. So instead, we got new storylines,Continue reading “You’re a captain, Ralphie, when I say you’re a captain. [The Sopranos] (Season 3)”

Tony Stark was able to build this in a cave! With a box of scraps! [Iron Man]

I love great movie lines. My love for movies was carried on the back of quoting movies with my friends as we drove around aimlessly from fast food restaurant, to store, to movie theater, to someone’s parent’s basement. I have already shown this love for movie lines in previous posts (Mediocre [Mad Max: Fury Road]; HowContinue reading “Tony Stark was able to build this in a cave! With a box of scraps! [Iron Man]”

Captain Beatty’s Style Of Governance: Suggesting To The Highly Suggestible [Fahrenheit 451]

If you have been following along with this three-part series about reading and literacy as reflected by dystopian novels, we have already established a couple points. I recommend you go back and read those posts (here and here).  But if you want the TL/DR, I established that Orwell and 1984, although the go-to expression of ourContinue reading “Captain Beatty’s Style Of Governance: Suggesting To The Highly Suggestible [Fahrenheit 451]”

Can We Talk About [Kingdom Of Heaven]?

Be without fear in the face of your enemies I didn’t have a ton of interest in watching Kingdom of Heaven Be brave and upright that God may love thee And then for some reason, I got a hankering for a sword and sandal film Speak the truth always, even if it leads to your deathContinue reading “Can We Talk About [Kingdom Of Heaven]?”

The Choice: Shakespeare Or Soma [A Brave New World]

In part 1 of this three-part series, I addressed how 1984, the defacto king of predicting our dystopian present, may fall short of the mark when assessing the reasons for our current state of ignorance and political control.  You can read that post here, but the TL/DR is that 1984 argues a top-down governmental overhaul, of what weContinue reading “The Choice: Shakespeare Or Soma [A Brave New World]”