The Strange Mirror of UNORTHODOX

In which I consider what makes a home *WARNING: SPOILERS* A couple months have passed since I watched Anna Winger’s four-part Netflix series Unorthodox, based on Deborah Feldman’s memoir, and I’m working through how close it hit to home. Not in terms of Judaism, in terms of my physical location. The action is divided betweenContinue reading “The Strange Mirror of UNORTHODOX”

Lit Review: THE QUEEN’S GAMBIT

In which I play the Cecilian Defense *WARNING: SPOILERS* I suspect I was always one nudge away from playing chess. Growing up I might have had the makings of an enthusiast if I hadn’t devoted almost all my energies to literary pursuits. Or if I hadn’t been so troublesome at board games, a jealous playerContinue reading “Lit Review: THE QUEEN’S GAMBIT”

The Greatest Jazz Album…?

Or, a Christmastime observation I’m relying on holiday tunes more heavily than usual this year to keep the spirit of the season alive in relative isolation. I can’t help listening a little more closely, perhaps only because I can. Among the records on regular rotation is, for self-evident reasons, the Vince Guaraldi Trio’s soundtrack toContinue reading “The Greatest Jazz Album…?”

The Prisoner Who Just Wanted Some Soup & the Man Who Refused to Give Him Some

In which I review a groundbreaking play So goes the title of this slice of mid-aughts theatrical life—written by Sam Puckett, performed to intriguing effect by the playwright and her co-star Carly Shay on an episode of their equally iconic web series “iCarly.” The production is short and sweet, as was the playwright’s probable intention,Continue reading “The Prisoner Who Just Wanted Some Soup & the Man Who Refused to Give Him Some”

38 Things I Love About “New Girl”

In which I take a leaf from a fictional Cece’s book and try being a little spontaneous So in between, you know, momentous global events of late, I am in fact catching the odd episode of a show or two. Having recently finished New Girl (again), I just had to expound on what makes itContinue reading “38 Things I Love About “New Girl””

Girl Next Door

In which I set something straight It came to my attention during a family phone conversation that I have misinterpreted the “girl next door” trope for most of my life. This stock character often appears in visual media as the primary love interest or counterpart (apparently) to the boy next door to her. The premiseContinue reading “Girl Next Door”

Is Hawkeye Pierce the Perfect Character?

In which I ponder the big questions in the dregs of a limited-resources martini The past few days have sparked a debate in my home country (that is, on my home country’s social media) over just how many doctors, real or fictional, are more qualified than Dr. Phil to assess the threat posed by COVID-19.Continue reading “Is Hawkeye Pierce the Perfect Character?”

Not Like Other Girls

In which I join in the killing of a trope Happy March, all! It’s been a couple weeks. I’d intended to acknowledge Leap Day in any number of ways (insert Pirates of Penzance reference); but Nature had other plans, namely laying me up in bed with a cold. Now that I’m back up and running,Continue reading “Not Like Other Girls”

The Beatles Play Ed Sullivan

In which I look back to possibly the biggest Sunday 9 February in history On Friday 7 February 1964, everyone’s favorite quartet landed at JFK to famously deafening support. Two days later, they made their live American television debut on The Ed Sullivan Show. Equally deafening, but not because of the music. This was allContinue reading “The Beatles Play Ed Sullivan”

The Holiday Armadillo: An Origin Story

In which a hero of diversity is born As the year’s end draws nigh and leaves me with little energy but for thinking, I find myself reflecting on my favorite seasonal stories. One of which, of course, is that of the Holiday Armadillo. It is common knowledge that the Armadillo was conceived by paleontologist RossContinue reading “The Holiday Armadillo: An Origin Story”