I’m Not a Real Doctor

I’m Not a Real Doctor

We need to take a few steps to get caught up to the present. In 1976, Kiss released Rock and Roll All Over which featured “Calling Dr. Love,” a song about a “doctor” who suggests that he can cure his patients with the magical healing powers of his penis. Fascinated by the absurdity of this (excessively creepy) premise, alternative/temporarily-ska [...]

The Indescribable Excellence of Marcus Sedgwick’s Midwinterblood

The Indescribable Excellence of Marcus Sedgwick’s Midwinterblood

Marcus Sedgwick's Midwinterblood is one of those books that defies review because if you discuss any element of its plot, you start chipping away at the mystery and suspense that make it such a gripping read. Here's the most I'm comfortable relating: For its first few pages, Midwinterblood seems like it might be a romance [...]

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 [...]

Yelling From the Rooftops: The 10 Best Songs from The Juliana Theory

Yelling From the Rooftops: The 10 Best Songs from The Juliana Theory

I never need a reason to think about The Juliana Theory but their recent reemergence, including a pair of new singles and an upcoming album of 'reimagined' classics, provides a perfect excuse to talk about them here. More specifically, to talk about the best tracks from a band that was somehow both deeply beloved and [...]