Why I Love the Addams Family, but Hate The Addams Family Musical

If there are two things in pop culture I love, it's the Addams Family and musicals. Therefore, it would only make sense for me to love The Addams Family, the musical, right? Well... no. I really want to like this show, I really do, but I also feel like the very plot undermines what makes the … Continue reading Why I Love the Addams Family, but Hate The Addams Family Musical

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Writing About Writing: On “Starting Small”

Writing about writing is difficult. It is a kind of self-expression and examination that leaves one feeling vulnerable and simple. When I think about the characters and worlds I've created, journeys I've mentally traversed, and joys I've brought to people through my writing, then realize that all I've really done is put words to paper, … Continue reading Writing About Writing: On “Starting Small”

Wanted, Wanted: Dolores Haze

She's young, that much is certain. Lolita is eternally somewhere between the age of 12 and 17. She's precocious, but worse, she's also persistent. She wears heart-shaped sunglasses and licks heart-shaped lollipops. And popular opinion seems to be that she deserved everything that was "coming to her". For me, Vladimir Nabokov's 1955 novel Lolita was love … Continue reading Wanted, Wanted: Dolores Haze

Morticia Addams: Meme Queen 2018

Maybe you've noticed it, maybe you haven't: Morticia Addams seems to be, out of seemingly nowhere, the internet's favorite "Bitchy" Meme Queen. Here are a few examples... The Addams are my favorite fictional family and I enjoy pretty much every incarnation of these creepy, kooky, mysterious, and spooky folks. Morticia is kind of a personal … Continue reading Morticia Addams: Meme Queen 2018

“Pretty Women”: The Strange World of Subtext in “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”

Note: In this article, I will primarily be examining the stage show Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street... less so the 2007 Tim Burton film of the same name. I knew I would grow to love Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, eventually. It has a trifecta of appeal to me, … Continue reading “Pretty Women”: The Strange World of Subtext in “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”

The Neighbourhood: “The Neighbourhood” Album Review

'My insecurities are my own worst enemy,' The Neighbourhood frontman Jesse Rutherford sings on their new song "Void"... and he's right. This album makes it abundantly clear. The NBHD, as they're stylized, persists as one of pop's greatest mysteries. They're popular on streaming services, but they haven't ever seemed to have broken through to the … Continue reading The Neighbourhood: “The Neighbourhood” Album Review

“St. Elmo’s Fire”: An In-Depth Review of My Least Favorite Movie

Let’s talk about the Brat Pack. Although there are many close contributors (Charlie Sheen, Jon Cryer, Matthew Broderick, John Cusak, just to name a few), according to most sources on the internet, the core members of the Brat Pack are: Emilio Estevez Anthony Michael Hall Rob Lowe Andrew McCarthy Demi Moore Judd Nelson Molly Ringwald … Continue reading “St. Elmo’s Fire”: An In-Depth Review of My Least Favorite Movie