One More Light

I listened to Linkin Park in middle school. A lot of people are saying that today, and I love them all. I am one of them. But I also listened to Linkin Park yesterday. When I was thirteen, they were my favorite band. More to the point, I am twenty-six years old at time of … Continue reading One More Light

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Keep the Lore Wild: Why I Love MONGRELS by Stephen Graham Jones (2016)

Books build worlds by making rules, but what turns me off so much fantasy/supernatural fiction is that even after eschewing "real life rules" for their own shiny new ones, these books seem to think that they're then obligated to follow those rules all the time, to the letter. No diverging, no slippage, no chaos. And that's the part that's just not realistic about fantasy, frankly. In what world are the rules infallible?

Review: The Farmacist, Ashley Farmer

I wrote a review of a new book out from Jellyfish Highway Press: The Farmacist, by Ashley Farmer. Jellyfish Highway Press, November 2015. 80 pages. Ashley Farmer’s The Farmacist suggests by its title an affiliation with digital contagion—perhaps as an offering, a written prescription for our complicated diagnosis. Yet there is nothing prescriptive about its approach. Rather … Continue reading Review: The Farmacist, Ashley Farmer

When I’m Critical It’s Only Because I Love You: Growing Up in California and Pixar’s INSIDE OUT

I'd read a review that found the film disturbingly existential, even nihilistic, because--according to the reviewer--the film told its viewers that the happiness of childhood would eventually fade away and in adulthood we were all destined to be sad. If you've seen the film, you'll know that this is a complete misreading. Its message isn't that we're all destined to be sad and increasingly so as we become adults--it's that it's okay to be sad; you shouldn't have to (and indeed, shouldn't, period) banish sadness; sadness is a part of the human condition and it is the part of you that can ask for help when you need it. To be sad is to welcome the idea that life holds troubles, and to open oneself to assistance from those around you. The film is a destigmatization of sadness, not a harrowing picture that that's all we're destined for as we age, or that it is something to be championed at all times.

Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them

I just finished reading Elif Batuman's The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them, on the recommendation of several of my Russian literature teachers/professors several years ago. Now that I've finally read it, I'd like to recommend it to everyone I know, in the hope that in the next several years, … Continue reading Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them

Mourning from Cali

Morning from Cali! — Paul Walker (@RealPaulWalker) January 28, 2013 I miss Paul Walker. When he wasn't filming, or on press tours for Fast, he would post the most adorable, endearing Tweets--the kind of adorability that comes from having, at best, only a tenuous understanding of the medium. You could always tell when it was … Continue reading Mourning from Cali

“The Muckleshoot Tribe is spreading traditional food through schools” | NWIFC

As someone who can attest to the power of elementary school lunch as a defining aspect of my K-6 experience, this is such an excellent program. In the Pacific Northwest, The Muckleshoot Tribe is introducing traditional foods into the school lunch program-- salmon, halibut, and other seafoods (and occasionally also venison and elk) are back … Continue reading “The Muckleshoot Tribe is spreading traditional food through schools” | NWIFC

Gloria Harrison’s “Let’s See How Fast This Baby Will Go”

I'm a sucker for all road/car narratives, but Gloria Harrison's is one of the best--if not the best--I've ever read. She combines an artful matter-of-factness with a masterful ability to interweave personal history with the multivocal, character-infused present. And she'll have you hooked from her opening paragraph: I wake up before 7:00 on the morning … Continue reading Gloria Harrison’s “Let’s See How Fast This Baby Will Go”

Remix, Revolution, Reinvention: The Hunting Party, Linkin Park’s Carnivores Tour

Linkin Park has long since fashioned itself as a jack-of-all-trades kind of band, hailing from the "hybrid theory" of rap-rock, directing animated music videos, producing artsy movies, designing their band artwork, participating (like many bands) in a baffling number of side-projects, promoting bizarre online/cell phone games based on their albums, apparently really liking The Transformers--even … Continue reading Remix, Revolution, Reinvention: The Hunting Party, Linkin Park’s Carnivores Tour