The Voyniche Manuscript

In 1912, Wilfrid Voynich bought an unreadable book. It is a Medieval tome of strange plants, women in green baths, star charts, and otherworldly machines. No human alive knows what it says.  Yet.  For years, ambitious cryptologists, accomplished linguistic scholars, Internet sleuths, and interested spectators have striven to decode the Voynich Manuscript. There is only … Continue reading The Voyniche Manuscript

Reeling in the Years: George St. Geegland and Gil Faizon as the Biblical Cain and Abel, Through The Ages

“You’re God’s born loser, you know that?” — George St. Geegland to Gil Faizon, Oh Hello! On Broadway (2017) They were brothers first. It would not always be so, later on, but first, they were brothers. The first brothers, to be exact, born of Adam and Eve after their expulsion from Eden. Writing hadn’t been … Continue reading Reeling in the Years: George St. Geegland and Gil Faizon as the Biblical Cain and Abel, Through The Ages

Covers of Joni Mitchell’s “A Case of You,” Ranked By How Well They Would Fare as Companions on a Cross-Canada Road Trip

11. Brandi Carlile (with Kris Kristofferson)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQx8ELjB-Sw This has “I am going to make the best of it but it is going to be very, very hard” written all over it. You have been looking forward to this holiday for months, curating a playlist that hits all the right songs at certain bends in the road … Continue reading Covers of Joni Mitchell’s “A Case of You,” Ranked By How Well They Would Fare as Companions on a Cross-Canada Road Trip

Listen, Hear Me Out, Taylor Swift Wrote ‘The Archer’ About Aeneas and Dido

I want to preface this by saying that my Bachelor’s degree is in Classical Studies and Ancient History, and I’ve dedicated months of my life to the Aeneid at this point. I’ve loved Dido, hated Aeneas, studied the epic again, still loved Dido, felt bad for Aeneas, and spent the rest of my time also … Continue reading Listen, Hear Me Out, Taylor Swift Wrote ‘The Archer’ About Aeneas and Dido

An Exclusive Interview with Taylor Swift While Shackled to A Copper Pipe In Her Basement

The subterranean dungeon of Taylor Swift's Rhode Island mansion is painted a folksy, endearing robin's-egg blue, a delicate contrast to the exposed copper piping which runs the length of the cavernous room, and to which I am presently shackled. As forced captivities go, this has been an eminently pleasant one. And it was my fault, … Continue reading An Exclusive Interview with Taylor Swift While Shackled to A Copper Pipe In Her Basement

What Does “Queerbait” Even Mean Anymore?

Yesterday, in what still feels like a targeted effort by scientists in a government laboratory to make me, personally, weep myself into blindness, Warner Brothers released the second trailer for The Goldfinch. If you're not familiar, I'll catch you up in just a second -- but have a look, first: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YAfCD9MVq_c Yes, as if it wasn't enough … Continue reading What Does “Queerbait” Even Mean Anymore?

Oh No, Edward Albee Wrote a Screenplay About a Bisexual Ballet Love Triangle

Well, it happened again. Last night I went on a Wikipedia deep dive learning about the 20th century ballet revolution in Russia. Specifically, my rabbit hole concerned the artistic and sexual life of iconic male ballet dancer Vaslav Nijinsky. As far as I can tell, if you know anything about ballet, odds are good you … Continue reading Oh No, Edward Albee Wrote a Screenplay About a Bisexual Ballet Love Triangle

The Stranger Things Kids Turn 30 and Go See “The Phantom Menace” on Opening Night: A One-Act Play

MAY 19, 1999.  The curtain rises on a bar that could charitably be described as "humble." Paint peels along the walls. The counter-tops are sticky with beers of yesteryear. Stuffing leaks from six bar-stools, and six occupants in their early thirties slouch on them: MIKE, DUSTIN, LUCAS, MAX, WILL, and ELEVEN, called EL. They are … Continue reading The Stranger Things Kids Turn 30 and Go See “The Phantom Menace” on Opening Night: A One-Act Play