Acknowledgments

When I completed my dissertation in 2013, I felt a genuine sense of accomplishment. I was proud of what it represented – not just the work I had put in, but the period of my life it captured. But it never felt like my magnum opus. I felt adamant that it was not. The subject […]

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To Avengers: Infinity War and Beyond

Avengers: Infinity War works precisely because it is nothing like The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron. The story is singularly focused, tightly structured. The villain is compelling. And the whole endeavor looks and feels cinematic. Joss Whedon’s first two Avengers installments are well-regarded, though I’m not sure why. Short of putting everyone in the […]

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Things I Saved in the Fire

There’s an oft-posed question: If your house were on fire, what would you save? Me, I’d grab my cell phone so I could contact my loved ones. My wallet for emergency provisions. My keys in case I get to come back. It gets kind of murky after that. I’d grab my down jacket because it’s […]

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The Lies I Tell Myself

A Facebook acquaintance of mine recently left her job to start her own business. It’s a wine pairing thing. She’s hosted events, posted videos, started a membership club. It’s neat to watch from afar, someone I don’t know very well – to watch her try to build something out of nothing. She posts about every […]

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Top 10 Movies of 2017

I have to say I was ambivalent about a lot this year. The top five of the list below notwithstanding, I did not find many standouts (including among the arthouse favorites) – and indeed, the bottom half of this list compares rather unfavorably to that of years past. The final cuts were Logan Lucky, Molly’s […]

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