The Perfect Simplicity of The Good Place

The Perfect Simplicity of The Good Place

Spoiler alert! As the title suggests, I'll be discussing the conclusion of Michael Schur's wonderful The Good Place below. Proceed with an appropriate level of caution. The iconic title card above, so simple and understated, gave way to one of television's most complex shows. The Good Place was a sitcom about moral philosophy, a phrase [...]

The Queue: Busted, Once Upon a Dead Man and Microwave

The Queue: Busted, Once Upon a Dead Man and Microwave

The Queue is a recurring feature in which I discuss some of the music that I’ve been listening to recently. This week I examine a couple of very different tracks featuring Charlie Simpson and Microwave's ability to turn simple structures into winning songs. "Nostalgia" – Busted Falling in love and breaking up have long been [...]

Choose Your Character

Choose Your Character

Simone de Rochefort's wonderful essay about playing Stardew Valley as Ernest Hemingway offers exactly the type of unique insight that makes me love reading video game criticism while also offering exactly the type of weird cross-genre mashup that I often attempt. (I also fall squarely into the overlapping portion of the Venn diagram of people [...]

There’s Still Something Special About Listening to an Entire Album

There’s Still Something Special About Listening to an Entire Album

We live in the age of the playlist. Spotify, today's most important tastemaker for the discerning audiophile, is known not for its catalog of beloved albums or ability to accurately recommend esoteric ones but for its algorithmic generation of satisfying, customized playlists for each user. Pop stars are citing "the playlists [they] grew up with" [...]

Secondary Characters with Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

Secondary Characters with Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

Spoiler Alert! This post discusses key plot points of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. In the middle act of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, Greez—a squat, four-armed pilot who functions as the game's primary comedic relief—sits down with Cal Kestis, the player character, and has a serious conversation. In the moments leading up to that [...]