The Magic of Allusions

The Magic of Allusions

Rocannon's World may not be one of the first dozen Ursula K. Le Guin books that I'd recommend but the novel did birth a legacy that, rather appropriately, stretches through time from the story's 1966 publication through the present day. Needing a means of communication that could bridge the time-dilation gap of faster than light [...]

Shelter in Place, Pt. VIII: The Aces’ When My Heart Felt Volcanic

Shelter in Place, Pt. VIII: The Aces’ When My Heart Felt Volcanic

Like every other card carrying millennial, I was disappointed when HAIM delayed their upcoming third album, the aptly titled Women in Music Pt. III, due to concerns arising from COVID-19. Is there nothing that this novel coronavirus cannot ruin? The pain of this delay is made all the greater by the album's absolutely killer first [...]

Shelter in Place, Pt. VI: Violent Joy’s Self-Titled Debut EP Is the New Envy on the Coast Record I Wanted

Shelter in Place, Pt. VI: Violent Joy’s Self-Titled Debut EP Is the New Envy on the Coast Record I Wanted

Until the COVID-19 pandemic altered the entire global landscape, I had planned to post this quick album review on March 19th but then this novel coronavirus began to take over my corner of the world and I had some strong opinions that needed venting. Needless to say, the concert discussed in this review has long [...]

Shelter in Place, Pt. V: Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Shelter in Place, Pt. V: Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Animal Crossing: New Horizons holds the weird title of being the game of the COVID-19 pandemic. With charming characters, incredibly low stakes and no baseline of gaming skill required, New Horizons is a perfect way for nearly everyone to pass the time during the seemingly endless confinement of social distancing. More than its captivating score [...]

Shelter in Place, Pt. III: The Social Charm of Overcooked 2

Shelter in Place, Pt. III: The Social Charm of Overcooked 2

The kitchen was on fire. As a wheelchair-bound raccoon struggled to extinguish the flames, a teal shark chopped a potato, an eyepatch-wearing pirate furiously scrubbed dishes and a clumsy narwhal fell off a bridge to his (temporary) death, taking an order of fish and chips with him to an ironically watery grave. All told, a [...]