Fulfilling a hashtag is not a legitimate reason to do anything. — Andy Greenwald (@andygreenwald) May 8, 2014 I adore “Community.” After missing the first season, I leaped on the bandwagon midway through its second (and my favorite, start to finish) season in a matter of 10 days while stuck at home attending community college. The […]


“The worst thing to call somebody is crazy; it’s dismissive. ‘I don’t understand this person, so they’re crazy.’ That’s bullshit. These people are not crazy: they strong people. Maybe the environment is a little sick.” –Dave Chappelle We’ve all developed nicknames for a person in our life. Some are cute and affectionate, like “baby,” “honey” […]


The Litchfield women all crave some semblance of family. Of all the flashbacks the show has presented, a common thread, besides each woman possessing some golden heart is familial dysfunction. It’s why Poussey nearly cried when she almost failed to say goodbye to Taystee upon her release last season. It’s why all those mildly religious […]

Just like the first day of college, meeting your roommates. Except they may have killed someone.

  “I think I’ve moved beyond stress into something more deeply disturbing.” –Piper Chapman Man, things just aren’t going Piper Chapman’s way. Being a relatable character, but in a poor position by her own doing, garners just a degree of sympathy: Piper broke the law, and thusly, she’s imprisoned. But people throughout her life have […]

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NOTE: Spoilers for both seasons of “House of Cards” follow. “The only thing more satisfying than convincing someone to do what I want is failing to persuade them on purpose.” -Frank Underwood Hype. So much hype surrounded one of Netflix’s first  and most significant entrants to original programming . Once, the company stocked ads in […]

“And you remember… you’re a sports guy.” -High school year book signature from a senior classmate Four years ago, I didn’t know what I was doing. That argument could be made now to a lesser degree, but four years ago, I was really just unsure of what I wanted to do with school and life. […]


This will be a new series in which I watch/listen/read a piece of media — old or new — for the first time and write about it. The title is paraphrased from an order Jay-Z gave to Nas in “Takeover.” Exciting, I know! I first encountered LCD Soundsystem through Burning Man. Well, not ACTUALLY attending Burning […]

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All right, this is kind of cheating. I had to pen this for a class last year. But I liked the result, so I cleaned it up a bit and threw it up on here. Sue me. Few directors have a more interesting résumé than Cameron Crowe does. The former Rolling Stone writer turned auteur […]

Kanye at Lollapalooza Chile 2011 (Super 45 | Música Independiente/Creative Commons)

If I meet someone new, I try to bring up Kanye West as soon as possible for a couple reasons. One, he’s such a divisive figure whom people absolutely abhor because he seems like an asshole. It’s fun to gauge people’s reactions to him. His public behavior could definitely be described as assholeish. What kind […]


Warning: There are some spoilers to the Breaking Bad finale and some, but less, for The Shield. I watch a lot of TV, so much so that I may will be a founding member of whatever inevitable 12-step program develops for late-night binge watching. What? Tony is about to whack a guy in his crew? Sorry, […]

As to not bury the lede, you probably have this question in mind: What’s with the name? It’s kind of aggressive and makes me feel uncomfortable and now I’m closing this and gone forever. No! Please don’t! I can explain. In case you didn’t know, in the time before viral videos were a thing, following […]

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