Comfort Games

Comfort Games

After working a long day, when I'm mentally spent, without the capacity to read or write or watch any of the million backlogged entries in my Netflix queue, my preferred method for unwinding has long been to put on an album that I love and plow through some comfort gaming. I'm all here for new [...]

No. 1 With a Bullet: Un-Su Kim’s The Plotters

No. 1 With a Bullet: Un-Su Kim’s The Plotters

Reading Un-Su Kim's The Plotters, I really thought there'd be more assassinations. The book, which was originally released in 2010 and eventually translated into English in 2019, tracks the adventures of Reseng, a contract killer. Abandoned by his parents and raised by an assassin, Reseng falls into a life of murder and though he commits [...]

The Truth Be Now Here One by One: Coheed and Cambria’s Albums, Ranked

The Truth Be Now Here One by One: Coheed and Cambria’s Albums, Ranked

A recent edition of the Songs & Stories newsletter---subscribe for free today!---covered "The Dark Sentencer," one of the best recent tracks from prog-rock legends Coheed and Cambria. And because that song manages to incorporate a little bit of every era of Coheed, it got me thinking about each record that the band has released over [...]

A Simple Truth: Meaghan O’Connell’s And Now We Have Everything

A Simple Truth: Meaghan O’Connell’s And Now We Have Everything

Meaghan O'Connell's slim memoir, And Now We Have Everything: On Motherhood Before I Was Ready should probably be required reading for every millennial considering having children and for most who already do. O'Connell's unpretentious prose demystifies and de-romanticizes the pop culture vision of pregnancy: This is not a book about feeling glowing and radiant or [...]