Our Children Are Losing Their Way and Disney is to Blame

There’s this sense we begin to take on as we get older that the generation behind us, the one following our trail and the subsequent ones following directly behind them, are for some reason inadequate. Years and years ago we believe, centuries and so on, the greatest people, the pinnacle point of humanity, lived out their days and birthed a generation that would slowly take the charge in our descent toward becoming an amorphous blob of idiocy. But we aren’t the only ones who believe that. (more…)

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Celebrities, Men, Sexual Assault and You

There’ve been an odd set of moments over the past couple of months: allegations are raised over not only an individual but a powerful individual of an instance wherein they sexually assaulted the raiser of the allegation, usually, or someone else, maybe, the person is removed from their position—they step down, their position changes in some way—and it comes to light that what was said was not only an allegation, but an accurate glimpse at the truth.

It’s been a whirlwind of happenings, allegations and confirmations: Matt Lauer a couple of days ago, Louis C.K. a few weeks ago, Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Al Franken, Charlie Rose—the list is staggering, and frighteningly, this list shows no sign that it’ll ever not keep getting larger. (more…)

Onto What’s Next

I think it was around the time I completed the first semester of my last year in college that I really began to struggle with what it was I was supposed to do next. My degree in English was and would be wonderful, but the opportunities readily available to me weren’t quite what I had envisioned when I first began. I knew that long before I graduated, but in the months following, when jobs eluded me and the best I could manage was working in a coffee shop, I wrestled with what moment would be “mine”: my first moment of brilliance, my first moment of success, the first moment I might feel as though what I’d worked toward for all of the years prior would come to head and produce before me some sort of…something. (more…)

20 Television Shows That Are Worth Your Attention: Part Four

And here we are with the final installment of the “20 Television Shows That Are Worth Your Attention” series (in case you couldn’t read it on the title above)! Let’s be honest here—television is in its golden age now and has been for a number of years. Stories, good stories, can be told through individual episodes and some of the best visual forms of storytelling are no longer exclusive on the big screen, but are accessible, every week, from your home.

When I say that, I also mean to say that this list by no means makes up the “best of” list of shows on TV. There’re great shows I did not mention here, but these are the ones I picked, if for no other reason than the fact that they are somewhat varied, a range and different, offering to you, hopefully, an opportunity to check out something new, should one of these have eluded you until now.

The future may hold another “shows worth your attention” installment. Or maybe I’ll do one for cartoons. Or books. But for now, enjoy the final five(~) shows left on this list and see if a favorite of yours made it here!

Let’s go! (more…)