As They Appear to Be: Veronica Mars, The Postal Service and Kenna (Alternate Version)

As They Appear to Be: Veronica Mars, The Postal Service and Kenna (Alternate Version)

Yesterday I posted an article that compared Veronica Mars, The Postal Service's Give Up and Kenna's New Sacred Cow in a discussion of how our perceptions don't always match reality. The article was fun to write and was based on an idea that I had had a few years ago but never finished, that original [...]

As They Appear to Be: Veronica Mars, The Postal Service and Kenna

As They Appear to Be: Veronica Mars, The Postal Service and Kenna

Veronica Mars is an outsider, someone who doesn't fit in, someone who doesn't belong. We know this because the narration to Veronica Mars—narration spoken by Veronica herself—tells us so. We know this because, when the series begins, Veronica is repeatedly shown to be clique-less. We know this because, driving down the Pacific coast in a [...]

One True Sentence: The Surprising Connection Between PVRIS and Ernest Hemingway

One True Sentence: The Surprising Connection Between PVRIS and Ernest Hemingway

Having learned the art of brevity from his time as a journalist, Ernest Hemingway created what became known as iceberg theory: By omitting everything but the barest necessities of narrative, a capable writer lets the reader intuit deeper, thematic truths, thereby improving the reading experience and strengthening the story. One of the side effects of [...]

How You Get There: A Review of Subsurface Circular

How You Get There: A Review of Subsurface Circular

Warning: This post includes spoilers for Subsurface Circular. Subsurface Circular is a text-based adventure game, which is a fancy way of saying that it's an interactive short story. The player's perspective is that of a robot detective who lives on one of the subway loops that service the underground community of robots (called Teks in [...]

Niche Periphery: Tolkien’s The Silmarillion

Niche Periphery: Tolkien’s The Silmarillion

Before reading The Silmarillion, there are some questions that you should probably ask yourself: Do you know the basic stories of Gil-Galad and Beren One-Hand? Do you recognize names like Barahir, Grond and Fëanor and want to know more about them? Have you figured out, through context alone, what (fictional) words like dagor and ithil [...]

4 Times When Tides of Man Should Be the Soundtrack to Your Life

4 Times When Tides of Man Should Be the Soundtrack to Your Life

When it comes to post-rock soundtracks, the focus is usually on Explosions in the Sky because their music has been featured in several films while Tides of Man is often overlooked because, well, they haven't. But just because Tides of Man hasn't written the soundtrack for a film doesn't mean they can't write the soundtrack [...]

A Far, Far Better Thing: Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities

A Far, Far Better Thing: Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities

Though its opening line is among the most famous in all the Western canon, it's the closing lines of Charles Dickens' revolutionary classic A Tale of Two Cities that resonate with unshakable beauty. (For what it's worth, we don't even seem to know that opening line quite as well as we like to think because [...]