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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…

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…

Three successful lies that authors use

For a variety of reasons, authors lie to their audience. It makes perfect sense, because most fiction is indeed a falsehood. The author tells a story, with an implied wink, and for a short time we choose to believe it at some level. Most of us have those moments, when we are transported during a good story, and briefly forget at the conscious level that it isn’t real. This one…

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…