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Goliath: The Hamilton(?) Story

Since it graced people’s screens via Disney+ on July 3rd, a lot more people not able to make it to Broadway now have easy access to the smash hit play, Hamilton. For those not in-the-know (somehow), Lin-Manuel Miranda read “Alexander Hamilton,” a biography by Ron Chernow, fell in love with the story, and wrote (directed, and starred in) a rap-opera adaptation that race-swaps most of the cast. For as amazing and entertaining as it is (and it really is), it has not come without controversy. One of the biggest controversies… Read more Goliath: The Hamilton(?) Story

My Tattoo

Note: This experience took place in February and early March 2020, before the COVID-19 explosion in the US. I wanted a tattoo for many years, but there are many factors to not getting one–parental disapproval (despite being a grown man), the permanence, changing likes and dislikes throughout life. When it came down to it, the first step was tossing the first concern out the window. It was something I wanted to do for me as a birthday present. I watched videos from people who got tattoos and people who give… Read more My Tattoo

Your Argument Sucks: Democrats & Republicans

Your Argument Sucks is a recurring column where I tackle major arguments about the modern US political system by detailing actual facts through the narrative of historical context. All I ask is this: Go into these posts with an open mind and the ability to change said mind, if necessary, no matter which side of the argument you fall. I did. And because no matter how much you want to be right, no matter how much being wrong would flip your world upside down, being able to accept the facts… Read more Your Argument Sucks: Democrats & Republicans

The Last of Us Part II

Warning: Major Spoilers for both games. The Last of Us was a cultural phenomenon in the realm of gaming. It wasn’t just entertainment—it was artistic and emotional storytelling wrapped up in a post-apocalyptic zombie* story with a gut-punch of an ending. Joel (Troy Baker), a broken man over the loss of his daughter 20 years prior, has become a smuggler in a post-apocalyptic Boston. But when a rebel group known as the Fireflies ask him to transport a 14-year-old girl named Ellie (Ashley Johnson) to other Fireflies outside the safety… Read more The Last of Us Part II

Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events: A Franchise Look

I always knew A Series of Unfortunate Events had a big fan base, enough to garner a failed film adaptation and a more successful Netflix series (by the same producer). My daughter, who is 10, and I were looking for audiobooks to listen to while in the car as she was getting more and more into fiction. I made this suggestion and added that, after every book, we would watch the corresponding episodes from the Netflix adaptation. I’d also throw in the film adaptation at some point, though I hadn’t seen it… Read more Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events: A Franchise Look