Dearest Jane, Tis I, your ye olde editor. I am writing to confirm that I have received the first draft of your new novel, tentatively titled Emma, or Clueless & Cantankerous. Whilst I agree that Emma is, as you say in your letter, “straight fire,” and, to wit, a savage satire of the class system … Continue reading What if “Emma,” But Murder?
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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
“Sleep Well Beast” by The National, But With Derogatory Epithets Other Than “Beast”
Sleep Well Asshole Sleep Well Bastard Sleep Well Bonehead Sleep Well Bootlicker Sleep Well Bumpkin Sleep Well Butthead Sleep Well Buttlicker Sleep Well Chav Sleep Well Chump Sleep Well Clown Sleep Well Cockmaster Sleep Well Cow Sleep Well Creep Sleep Well Cretin Sleep Well Dick Sleep Well Dickbag Sleep Well Dickface Sleep Well Dickhead Sleep … Continue reading “Sleep Well Beast” by The National, But With Derogatory Epithets Other Than “Beast”
I Opened My iPhone Notes at 3 AM and All I Found Was a List of Year-Old Harry Potter-Themed Post Ideas Next to an Entry that Just Said “Salami Trucks”
It's 3 AM here. I have many things to do but decided to record a stray thought on my Notes app as though I am someone who does that. The following, lightly edited, potential Niche article titles were the only comprehensible entries I had in my notes: -Niche Quiz: If the different Niche interests were … Continue reading I Opened My iPhone Notes at 3 AM and All I Found Was a List of Year-Old Harry Potter-Themed Post Ideas Next to an Entry that Just Said “Salami Trucks”
“Wouldn’t It Be Nice” by The Beach Boys, but With Single-Syllable Adjectives Other Than “Nice”
Wouldn't It Be Bad Wouldn't It Be Big Wouldn't It Be Brave Wouldn't It Be Chill Wouldn't It Be Choice Wouldn't It Be Clutch Wouldn't It Be Cool Wouldn't It Be Dark Wouldn't It Be Drab Wouldn't It Be Dope Wouldn't It Be Droll Wouldn't It Be Dumb Wouldn't It Be Fresh Wouldn't It Be … Continue reading “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” by The Beach Boys, but With Single-Syllable Adjectives Other Than “Nice”
Twin Peaks Characters as the Cast of Hamlet: A Listicle
Twin Peaks and Hamlet are two of my favorite stories. They have a lot in common: both are murder mysteries with far too many characters and subplots; both deal with themes of corruption, mortality, domestic violence, and the terrifying unknowability of nature and of the life to come; both prominently feature the troublingly fetishized body of … Continue reading Twin Peaks Characters as the Cast of Hamlet: A Listicle
What If, Instead of a Netflix Series Set in 1980s Indiana, Stranger Things Were A (Very Long) Broadway Musical Set in Sixteenth Century London? What Then?
Hey Niche Readers! Like many TV fans, I'm sure a lot of you have seen Season 2 of the hit Netflix series Stranger Things. Like us, I'm sure your hearts were warmed by the themes of friendship, found family, and the power of love to conquer adversity characteristic of the show. However, also like us, I'm sure many of you were dissatisfied by the show's heteronormativity and slightly overdone 1980s Spielberg Kitsch aesthetic. Never fear! Here to help are Hannah and Seph, with an LGBT-friendly spinoff known as the Boy Actor AU, or Trans Elizabethan Stranger Things: The Musical.
Closing the Goat Gap: 7 Tips from Ira Glass for Taking Your Herding from Good to Great
“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners at goat herding, I wish someone told me. All of us who herd goats, we get into it because we love animal husbandry. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you herd, it’s just not that good. It's trying to be good, it has … Continue reading Closing the Goat Gap: 7 Tips from Ira Glass for Taking Your Herding from Good to Great
Pending Edits to the Brideshead Revisited Wikipedia Page Where It’s Star Wars Now
Until recently, the free, user-edited online encyclopedia Wikipedia contained a rather glaring error: Namely, it contained separate articles titled Star Wars: Episode IV--A New Hope, and Brideshead Revisited, perpetuating the misconception that rather than just being two names for the same thing, they are two separate works with different characters and different plots. No shame … Continue reading Pending Edits to the Brideshead Revisited Wikipedia Page Where It’s Star Wars Now
A Conservative High School Production of Angels in America Where They Can’t Say AIDS So All the Characters Have Diabetes Instead
About 21 hours ago, blogger Chelsea Fagan delivered the funniest tweet of all time unto us: the other day a bartender told me his high school did a performance of RENT where they couldn't say AIDS so all the characters had diabetes — Chelsea Fagan (@Chelsea_Fagan) October 6, 2017 I mean, we've all heard of … Continue reading A Conservative High School Production of Angels in America Where They Can’t Say AIDS So All the Characters Have Diabetes Instead