The Magazine

Jan
18

4 Movies in Theaters I Saw in January 2022

By | MoviesReviews

I see a lot of movies in theaters. I will try my best to summarize my thoughts from whatever recent films I saw, for as long as necessary.

Jan
18

Does AEW Have a Diversity Problem? Here’s What They Need to Fix in 2022

By | Essays

AEW has revolutionized professional wrestling, but it still has room for improvement, especially regarding diversity.

Jan
17

MLK Is Not Your Magical Negro

By | Essays

In the Kingist myth, MLK was a superhuman; this is more damaging than it sounds.

Jan
11

New Year, New You, New Shoe: Atreyu Running Shoes Review

By | ReviewsUncategorized

I just ordered my second pair of Atreyu Running shoes. Atreyu is a Texas-based running shoe company that began a few years ago by offering shoe subscriptions. You paid a […]

Jan
08

Senators Used to Be Giants. Now They’re Trolls

By | Essays

Senators don’t wear togas anymore. They don’t glide towards the forum clutching six yards of white fabric rimmed in blood-red, but they are inheritors of the Roman legacy. They still […]

Dec
21

Definitive Proof we Aren’t Living in a Matrix

By | ArticlesEssays

I’ve written before that I believe our existence has a high probability of being a computer simulation, a matrix. I still believe this, in a sense, and I can also […]

Dec
18

Democrats and Republicans Didn’t Switch Positions on Race

By | Essays

In conventional wisdom, it’s cute and common to say that Democrats and Republicans have switched positions on race. The conventional cuteness says that Democrats were racists until the early 70s […]

Dec
14

Is The Matrix in America?

By | Articles

So, I have a two part question: does America exist to the duracells plugged into the matrix, and does American history exist?

Dec
11

Was September 11th an Inflection Point? The 5 Different 9/11s: Part 5

By | Essays

We’ve covered many of the ways the events of that day are still impacting us now, but are they enough for it to add up to being an inflection point in human history?

Dec
07

The Civil War Was About Slavery. We Brought Receipts.

By | Essays

If the Civil War wasn’t about slavery, somebody should have told the Confederates.

Dec
02

This December I’m Celebrating The Matrix

By | Essays

I’ll never recapture the high of watching it for the first time, but this December, I get to go back to the Matrix. All you Reloaded and Revolutions haters can just stay asleep and ignorant in the world The Matrix created.

Nov
30

5 Questions Matrix Resurrections Should Answer

By | Lists

Matrix Resurrections premieres on December 22, 2021, and I demand answers.

Nov
30

December 1, 1824 — The Electoral College Fails Again

By | Articles

The Electoral College isn’t a term in the US Constitution. It’s a construction that allows us to envision the collective body of electors who choose the president.

Nov
23

Alternative Thanksgiving: 3 Tips to Make Your Friendsgiving a Success

By | Articles

I hope these tips help, and whatever you do, please don’t go out Black Friday shopping on Thanksgiving evening. I promise you don’t need to, and the store employees will hate you.

Nov
22

Amazon’s Wheel of Time: 1980s Sensibilities, Great Casting, & Bad CGI

By | ReviewsTV

If you like Lord of the Rings and The Witcher or if the dragons are your favorite part of Game of Thrones, The Wheel of Time won’t disappoint. 

Nov
21

Who Needs a Rocky IV Director’s Cut? In 2021, Apparently All of Us.

By | MoviesReviews

During lockdown, Sylvester Stallone finally found the time he needed to revisit the wildest Rocky movie and give us the product he always wanted.

Nov
16

None Dare Call It Racism

By | Essays

Racism is never a popular political strategy in U.S. politics because if it is popular, none dare call it racism.

Nov
14
Nov
09

3 Obvious Reasons Why The Jedi Order is Nonsense

By | Essays

The Jedi Order as depicted in the Star Wars franchise is an organizational nightmare. It makes less than zero sense. Shall we count the ways?

Nov
08

Don’t Be Fooled by Meta: The Most Likely Scenarios of Facebook’s Metaverse

By | Articles

Facebook (the corporation, not the social media site) is going for a rebrand. Announced in late October, the company will now be known as Meta. A term most famously used […]

Nov
02

The “Controversy” Over Critical Race Theory in Schools

By | Essays

Critical Race Theory in schools has taken a new turn in political news.

Nov
01

The 5th of November: The Gunpowder, Treason, and Slave Revolt

By | Articles

Slavery is not a natural condition, despite what American slaveholders said.

Oct
23

Rome Is Burning. Joe Biden Is Fiddling. Can We Survive the Assault?

By | Essays

A catastrophic fire broke out in Rome in 64 CE. As the legend goes, Nero Caesar was too consumed with fiddling while massive swathes of the city were destroyed. Some […]

Oct
21

The Fires of Competition in North American Wrestling Rage Once More

By | Essays

The Battle Between AEW and WWE In case you’re not a fan and haven’t been keeping up, WWE has effectively held a monopoly in North American wrestling ever since Vince […]

Oct
19

Midnight Mass Is Great, But Why Are Vampires Always Catholic?

By | Articles

Midnight Mass is one of the most interesting shows I’ve watched in a long time*. The show is essentially a long, slow rumination on the nature of faith. The characters […]

Oct
12

Live Music Is Still the Greatest of All Time, Even in 2021

By | Essays

There is something special about live music. It’s hard to put your finger on, but there’s really nothing quite like it.

Oct
11

The 5 Different 9/11s Part 3: Marvin Gaye, 24, The Arts, and Pop Culture

By | Essays

Don’t want to be an American Idiot? In Part 2, we talked about America’s domestic and foreign response to the 9/11 attacks as well as the waxing and waning of […]

Oct
10

Tribes of Europa Is Uttterly Predictable. I Love It.

By | ReviewsTVUncategorized

I’m not a connoisseur of science-fiction and fantasy; I’m a glutton. Connoisseurs consume only the finest examples of a product. Gluttons will take whatever and as much as they can […]

Oct
05

The Time Georgia Tech Handed Cumberland The Worst L in College Football History; October 7th, 1916

By | Articles

No matter your favorite college football team, you’ve taken an embarrassing loss. Even perennial juggernaut Alabama (Roll Tide) has taken some shameful Ls. I witnessed a few of them in […]

Oct
04

Want More Squid Game? These 10 Shows and Movies Can Scratch that Deadly Itch

By | ListsRecommendations

Want more Squid Game? Here’s 10 ways to get your fix till season 2.

Sep
27

The 5 Different 9/11s Part 2: America, Afghanistan, and The War on Terror

By | Essays

Welcome back. Who’s ready to deep dive more into 9/11? Anyone? Everyone? In part one, I tried my best at crudely approximating what 9/11 means to a New Yorker (or […]

Sep
27

The Firehose of Falsehood is Out of Control

By | Essays

Everything is political. That statement isn’t as controversial as it once was. The era of color blindness and objectivity is behind us. Republicans in particular have taken some dire steps […]

Sep
19

The 5 Different 9/11s Part 1: New York City

By | Articles

This past weekend marked the twentieth anniversary of the september 11th terrorist attacks. I vaguely remember being 11 in sixth grade and watching as the smoke rose into lower Manhattan’s […]

Sep
14

The 2021 Football Season is Revealing How Sports Media Continues to Fail

By | Essays

Football season is officially back. With 2 full weeks of college games and the first week of NFL games in the books, it doesn’t seem like anything has changed. The […]

Sep
07

5 Great History Podcasts

By | ListsRecommendations

Ancient history doesn’t always get much attention in high school and college. Unless you’re a history major or deliberately take ancient history electives, you probably won’t encounter much of the […]

Sep
06

September 6 — It’s The End of The World

By | Articles

Before Europeans set foot in the Americas (Vikings excepted), it was a world full of diverse civilizations. The Chico Norte civilization in modern-day Peru arose about the same time as […]

Sep
04

Dr. Phil and the Land of Oz

By | Essays

Danielle Bregoli, now known professionally as Bhad Bhabie, became internet famous back in 2016 when she (then only 13 years old) appeared on the popular daytime talk show Dr. Phil […]

Aug
31

Ted Lasso Season 2 Theory: Ted Lasso is Getting Worse

By | ReviewsTV

I promise this title isn’t clickbait. The first season of Apple TV+’s Ted Lasso was as close to perfect as a single camera sitcom can be. Ted Lasso season 2 […]

Aug
30

The Vincent Black Lightning is the Greatest Motorcycle of All Time

By | Essays

“Says Red Molly, to James, ‘Well, that’s a fine motorbike. A girl could feel special on any such a like.’ Says James to Red Molly, “My hat’s off to you. […]

Aug
24

The Entire History of Ancient Rome in 1130 Words

By | Essays

Rome captured the popular imagination of the Western World almost immediately after it ceased to exist. The (Western) Roman Empire fell in 476 CE. Almost immediately after, Westerners were attempting […]

Aug
21

The Most American Beer

By | Articles

Is Native American beer (tiswin) beer? By German law, beer can only consist of barley, water, hops, and yeast. There are thousands of variations on that basic recipe. The type […]

Aug
17

Billionaires Are Ruining Outer Space

By | Essays

I’m going to say something I never thought I would say and that would break the heart of 12-year old me: outer space is boring. It’s really really boring. Well, […]

Aug
13

Have You Seen My Childhood Star Wars?

By | Essays

Star Wars debuted in 1977 and essentially redefined the science-fiction film genre. Sci-fi books had long been serious, contemplative affairs. Frank Herbert, Isaac Asimov, Philip K Dick, and other members […]

Aug
10

I Bought These 6 Things and My Motivation Came Back

By | ListsRecommendations

I’ve recently come to a depressing realization. No matter how hard I try to avoid it, I am a materialist. That is not an easy thing for me to admit. […]

Aug
04

You’re Living in a Matrix and You Can Never Escape

By | Essays

We could be living in a matrix – a computer generated simulation. If we were, you would likely never know, and it would likely never matter. I don’t mean that […]

Jul
30

The Many Faces of Lois Lane

By | ListsRanking

Since Action Comics #1 in 1938, Lois Lane has been Superman’s partner. She’s changed actors plenty of times, and the characterizations all differ; however, a few things remain constant. She […]

Jul
29

Gone Home Is the Most Important Game You’ve Never Played

By | Reviews

The Fullbright Company’s Gone Home debuted in 2013, and while it didn’t create the walking simulator genre, it has come to define it. As noted by IGN, the walking simulators […]

Jul
27

Presidential Ranking and the Politics of Memory

By | Articles

This past June, C-SPAN released an updated United States Presidential ranking. This was their 4th installment of the rankings. Beginning in 2000 and following each change of administration in 2009 […]

Jul
27

America’s Culture War Is a Religious Conflict

By | Essays

A civic religion is more than just a system of beliefs that we might consider “religious,” as in, supernatural. A civic religion is a set of beliefs, customs, and symbols […]

Jul
20

Shohei Ohtani Is Doing Something the MLB Hasn’t Seen in 100 Years

By | Articles

Even if you don’t care about Major League Baseball, you may want to start paying attention to the season that Shohei Ohtani is having with the Los Angeles Angels. We […]