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Okay Doomer: An Analysis of the TV Show ‘New Girl’

I’m not mad. I’m just disappointed. New Girl tries to be many things:  a situational comedy of what it’s like being the only female roommate; a PG-rated version of It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia; a will-they-won’t-they romantic comedy, featuring three guys; a representation of a school teacher amidst millennial doomer culture. On many of these fronts, I think it succeeds. For instance, New Girl plants Jess in the lives of…

A Review of “Snow Crash” by Neal Stephenson

In many ways Neal Stephenson’s 1992 novel Snow Crash reads as though it’s describing the modern day: franchises spreading like viruses, mafia-controlled mega-corporations, boats of refugees lashed together and fighting to escape their homeland while the West tries to push them back into the ocean. Whereas William Gibson’s Neuromancer examined the criminal underbelly of a dystopian world by taking us through the eyes of a nobody, Stephenson sets up his…

The Arctic Monkeys Should be Arrested

The judge presiding over the courtroom massages his temples. He’s old. Old enough to have seen it all before, so the skin on his face moves easily under his fingertips. “The plaintiff will present their case,” he says with a nod to me. I stand, spilling paperwork from the table as I hurry to rise. “Your honour,” I begin. “The Arctic Monkeys have committed a terrible crime. Not a crime…

Lyrical Storytelling: Recycling the Chorus

Telling a narrative through song is by no means a recent invention. In fact, one could argue the original purpose of both songs and poetry in a pre-paper world, was to convey stories and information in a way that would be more readily remembered by the listener. Recently, however, I’ve noticed a lyrical gem tucked away in several songs I enjoy (where storytelling is the focus). I’m not educated enough…

What I learnt from the “worst” episode of Star Trek

Credit to Star Trek: The Next Generation | Season 4 Episode 25: In Theory (Written by Joe Menosky & Ronald D. Moore). In Theory is an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, which has been relatively panned by critics. To be fair, it’s an episode of an interstellar TV series with zero exploration. It’s a romantic episode without any romance. Despite these flaws, I continue cherish this awkward, penultimate…

A Review of “The Machine Stops” by E. M. Forster

I have only read one story by E. M. Forster, the author who also wrote the novel Passage to India. However, The Machine Stops has quickly cemented itself as one of my favourite stories. In fact, it was one of the pieces of fiction that inspired me to begin this blog. Forster’s writing is emotive, and in many ways disarmingly prophetic. He penned the story in 1928, and in it…

A Review of “Starfighters of Adumar” by Aaron Allston

A Prelude to Star Wars Fiction Throughout my lifetime I’ve perhaps read forty or fifty books based in George Lucas’s Star Wars universe. The cannon of literature spanned a few hundred years of fictional history (until the extended canon was jettisoned by Disney executives), with several long-running series planned out by some seminal authors. Of these, it was the X-Wing series that I most adored. Let me pitch them to…