Steady, Alice

Steady, Alice

Under anesthesia, I told him over and over again: This body's yours to keep. And though he promised me, he said he'd do as I pleased, I stand before you on these same selfish feet. Envy on the Coast, "The Gift of Paralysis" Later, they’d tell me that I had been in shock, that I didn't know [...]

A Single Song from The Lord of the Rings Is Destroying Me

A Single Song from The Lord of the Rings Is Destroying Me

J.R.R. Tolkien was an academic with a vibrant interest in storytelling traditions and, because it was a lot easier for 13th century bards to remember rhyming stanzas than one long string of prose text, most of those traditions involve stories written in verse or performed as songs outright. Not content to merely translate and rewrite those existing verse [...]

The Craziness of Karma Police

First some disclaimers: I like to think that I once offered one of the finer defenses of Panic! At the Disco's A Fever You Can't Sweat Out. (An album released back when they still rocked the exclamation point.) I really enjoy Brendon Urie's voice. Aside from A Fever You Can't Sweat Out, his performance on Forgive Durden's [...]