No Dude, That Stripper is Totally Into You: ‘I Date a Hooker’ by Jeff Fischer

             If you need to kill a weekday evening, I can’t recommend highly enough Chapo Traphouse co-host Felix Biderman’s excellent documentary, Fighting in the Age of Loneliness. It’s a fascinating history of the sport of MMA. It’s both a history of the sport as a whole and a philosophical discussion on sanctioned violence as anContinue reading “No Dude, That Stripper is Totally Into You: ‘I Date a Hooker’ by Jeff Fischer”

Frying Pans and Crime Related Poetry (Part 1): Chicken a la Meyhem

              As I write this introduction, a good-sized chunk of the planet has been pretty much forced to eat most of their meals at home. For some members of the suburban bourgeoisie, this has led them to descend on their local state capitals, suspiciously expensive guns un hand, to loudly scream their desire to eatContinue reading “Frying Pans and Crime Related Poetry (Part 1): Chicken a la Meyhem”

What If Scott Pilgrim Was Good?: Solanin by Inio Asano

What If Scott Pilgrim Was Good?: Solanin by Inio Asano             I’m kind of kidding with that title. I actually think Edgar Wright’s film, Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World is pretty solid. It’s no Hot Fuzz or Shaun of the Dead, but it’s funny enough and still looks quitee good. I’m less of a fanContinue reading “What If Scott Pilgrim Was Good?: Solanin by Inio Asano”

Working Class Tragic Hero: Jerusalem by Jez Butterworth

                          British culture has a lot to reckon with. That’s not to say every culture doesn’t have its baggage, the monsters that step out of folklore and leave real, physical bodies in their wake. The term ‘skeletons in your closet’ applies especially toContinue reading “Working Class Tragic Hero: Jerusalem by Jez Butterworth”

Fear and Loathing on the Way to the Altar: Intro!!!

             This past Christmas Eve I proposed to my fiancé. The proposal was quiet, just the two of us. We went to a family holiday party that night and my family didn’t know what I had planned until Cindy posted a ring pic on Facebook the next day. I hadContinue reading “Fear and Loathing on the Way to the Altar: Intro!!!”

Five Days of Christmas: Book Ideas for the Holiday Season

Some Christmas traditions are straight up weird. Krampus, the German Christmas demon that beats naughty children with a stick, is an uncharacteristically dark and characteristically German part of what is usually a very lighthearted holiday. The Dutch “Black Pete,” according to research is a black man that follows Santa around giving out cookies to kidsContinue reading “Five Days of Christmas: Book Ideas for the Holiday Season”

The Hidden Gems of Horror: 12 Lesser Known Books Just As Creepy As Your Favorite Halloween Classics (Part 1)

‘Tis the season y’all! Cindy’s filling our home with pumpkins of varying sizes while just about every Netflix selection we make is some kind of horror flick. My main life goal from now ‘til Thanksgiving involves stockpiling enough cinnamon and nutmeg to reenact that scene from Scarface on my kitchen table with pumpkin spice flavoring.Continue reading “The Hidden Gems of Horror: 12 Lesser Known Books Just As Creepy As Your Favorite Halloween Classics (Part 1)”

The Five Most F*cked Up Books You’ll Ever Read (For Now…)

Probably the earliest film legend that exists involves the story of the Lumiere Brothers’ 50 second film “Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat.” Supposedly, when this film (a literal 50 second clip of a train arriving at a train station) aired in 1895, the idea of film was so new that audience members fledContinue reading “The Five Most F*cked Up Books You’ll Ever Read (For Now…)”

The Hidden Gems of Horror: 12 Lesser Known Books Just As Creepy As Your Favorite Halloween Classics (Part 2)

The human imagination is a unique thing in Nature. It allows us to take the experiences of our lives (the good with the bad) and express them in ways beyond the literal. C.S. Lewis used his intense religious faith to create a seven book long Christian allegory in The Chronicles of Narnia series. Hunter S.Continue reading “The Hidden Gems of Horror: 12 Lesser Known Books Just As Creepy As Your Favorite Halloween Classics (Part 2)”

We Wear the Red and Black Spandex: An Introduction to Anarchism Through Comics

Freedom is a strange word. It’s held up as the patriotic ideal of what modern democratic societies should foster, but pretty much any modern nation has a litany of horrible things done in its name. As far as words go, it has more power than most. It’s a word some people take for granted. MillionsContinue reading “We Wear the Red and Black Spandex: An Introduction to Anarchism Through Comics”