Finding Dory Review

I hate Cars 2. For me it represents the fall of an empire. It marks, for me anyways, Pixar’s first true failure, and represents Pixar’s declining quality in the 2010’s. None of them has been as bad as Cars 2, but aside from Inside Out none of them have been …

Captain America: Civil War Review

I’m going to try to not dwell too long on this point, but Civil War feels like a giant middle finger to DC and Batman V Superman. I know this film isn’t reactionary since they were both in production at the same time, but Civil War does everything Batman V …

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Poetic Forms: Sonnets

I don’t think I’d be incorrect in saying that most contemporary poetry is written in free verse. There almost seems to be this weird sort of stigma in using forms with a set rhyme or rhythm, probably stemming from the idea that these two things—so essential to earlier poets—are somehow …

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VALI — by Andrew Bean

RAVEN PALACE Simon’s head ached from the boring lecture of Professor Philan. He was speaking almost monotonous now deep into a lecture about history as a valuable subject. Today was a bright day, one he’d much rather spend outside in the dueling grove behind his father’s palace casting spells at …

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Eye in the Sky Review

There is a famous thought experiment called the Trolley Car Problem. For those who are unfamiliar, the basic premise of it is that a trolley car is barreling down a track about to hit five people. The only way to stop it is for you to pull a lever to …

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“Things” by Edward Ahern

Things Clothes tatter, shoes smell. Wood and paper feed worms. Marble chips, silver tarnishes. Hard drives corrupt, food rots. Steel rusts, wine sours. Even gold is remelted. Disposable things, acquired on need or whim. Some longer lived, some longer liked. Adored or abused until they’re dropped like knackered horses. And …