Anna Delvey, America’s iCon

Advertisements Or, stop being so dramatic 🙄 Like much of the world, I was drawn into Shonda Rhimes’ new Netflix series Inventing Anna, which documents the almost unreal rise and fall of ‘fake German heiress’ Anna Sorokin, better known as Anna Delvey, over the mid-to-late-2010s. From boutique hotel rooms to glitzy trips abroad to stolenContinue reading “Anna Delvey, America’s iCon”

Jesus Christ Superstore

Advertisements (obviously I wasn’t going to come up with a better title than that, and Glenn would approve) So my primary watching this winter was a sitcom that has been relegated to the second tier, below contemporary giants like Parks and Recreation, Community, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine, the last of which also features a principal namedContinue reading “Jesus Christ Superstore”

Teen Tropes: A Cease-and-Desist List

Advertisements “YOUTHS.” : Schmidt, New Girl Hello, suckers. Welcome back. (That’s how Velma Kelly opens Act II of Chicago, for all you theatre freaks.) After racking up an array of shows and movies and also YouTube takedowns of the shows and movies, I have reached the limit of my tolerance for almost all visual mediaContinue reading “Teen Tropes: A Cease-and-Desist List”

A Shot in the HEAD, A Tip of the (Green Wool) Hat

Advertisements In which the young generation is…still saying something I had reason to get the Monkees on the brain a couple months ago, so I wrote a post. I’ve had more reason since—reading Mike Nesmith’s autobiography Infinite Tuesday, catching references to them in The Queen’s Gambit—so here I am writing another post. Most of allContinue reading “A Shot in the HEAD, A Tip of the (Green Wool) Hat”

The Strange Mirror of UNORTHODOX

Advertisements 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 dividedContinue reading “The Strange Mirror of UNORTHODOX”

Lit Review: THE QUEEN’S GAMBIT

Advertisements 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 jealousContinue reading “Lit Review: THE QUEEN’S GAMBIT”

The Greatest Jazz Album…?

Advertisements 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 soundtrackContinue reading “The Greatest Jazz Album…?”

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

Advertisements 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 probableContinue reading “The Prisoner Who Just Wanted Some Soup & the Man Who Refused to Give Him Some”

38 Things I Love About NEW GIRL

Advertisements 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 makesContinue reading “38 Things I Love About NEW GIRL”

Girl Next Door

Advertisements 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. TheContinue reading “Girl Next Door”

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