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Death, Critique, Heaven, and Hell

Death, Critique, Heaven, and Hell

Last spring, I finished my undergrad, where I drug myself through a severely disoriented and disorienting thesis. Among the many lessons I learned in the process, I discovered something that deeply hindered my academic writing: I hated it. This revelation surprised me because I entered that research project believing I liked it and did it well. Now, I could barely sustain either of those beliefs.

Among the many qualities of scholarly writing I now found deplorable: it was infinite, and its vastness offered no longer to enchant but to consume me whole. Every book or article contained a bibliography…

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The Golden Age of Television (Criticism)

The Golden Age of Television (Criticism)

The new season of Arrested Development came out last week, and let’s make one thing clear; it is amazing. It’s what it’s always been, while full of new gags and tropes that made me excited to go back and watch again (because I’m sure I missed plenty). While I admit, it is rocky in places—the George Sr. storyline being considerably weaker than the others and, sure, editing could have been tighter—it is still the same brilliant show.

The return of Arrested marks another exciting notch in what critics have called “The Golden Age of Television.” Streaming websites like Netflix have become…

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(Don't) Take A Look At Me Now: Phil Collins Is Tired of Criticism

(Don’t) Take A Look At Me Now: Phil Collins Is Tired of Criticism

Poor Phil Collins appears to have been having a 2 Cor 3:6a moment in Rolling Stone, and it’s hard not to have compassion for (and maybe a little chuckle at) the guy, regardless of what you think of his music. He sounds like a defeated man, very much ready for 6b. Apparently Tyson’s drum solo in The Hangover did nothing to lift his spirits. And it’s really too bad they haven’t been able to get that Genesis reunion off the ground – it would go a long way in terms of restoring his cred. Not that fulfilling the Law of…

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