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    Joy on Fire’s Unknown Cities

    “Why are you always writing battle music?” That’s how Joy on Fire bassist and principal songwriter John Paul Carillo said that their saxophonist Anna Meadors described their music when I interviewed the pair last year. In their latest release, Unknown Cities, the jazz-punk trio continues to flex their high-energy battle music muscles and virtuosic technique, […] More

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    An NFL Overtime Format Proposal

    Following the Bills’ loss to the Chiefs in the divisional round of the playoffs, the NFL’s overtime format was examined like few rules in recent memory. To catch up anyone that somehow missed the game of the year and the subsequent debate surrounding it, the Bills and Chiefs played an incredible back-and-forth game that went […] More

  • Still from The Twilight Zone episode "Time Enough at Last." Henry Bemis sits on the steps of the library happily reading a book.

    The Twilight Zone, Burgess Meredith, and the Paradox of Reading

    Burgess Meredith is best known to audiences as Mickey, the hardscrabble gym owner/boxing trainer in Rocky, but I’ll always remember him first for two of his four appearances on the iconic original Twilight Zone series: “Time Enough at Last” (S1E8) and “The Obsolete Man” (S2E29). These two episodes are absolute classics of the original series, […] More

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    Schrödinger’s Quarterback: Taylor and Love in Limbo

    There is a famous thought experiment called Schrödinger’s Cat. Essentially, the experiment proposes a scenario in which there is a cat in a chamber with a device that has an equal probability of killing it at any moment. The cat also has an equal probability of surviving the chamber, and the outside world isn’t able […] More

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    Interview with Joy on Fire: The Joys of Making Music

    I recently had the pleasure of interviewing guitarist John Paul Carillo and saxophonist Anna Meadors of the jazz-punk trio Joy on Fire. Despite losing the ability to gig because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Trenton, New Jersey-based band kept busy by releasing a new album, planning another one, releasing an EP, and making several spirited […] More

  • Invincible attempts to punch Omni-man, who easily catches his punch, even though Invincible is throwing his entire weight into it.

    Invincible S1E8: “Where I Really Come From” (Season 1 Finale)

    The following contains spoilers for the Season 1 finale of Invincible, S1E8 “Where I Really Come From,” and the Invincible comic book. It was obvious to everyone familiar with the comics that Mark’s fight with Nolan would be at least somewhat expanded from the comic; the way that time unfolds in comics, with the reader mentally […] More

  • Mark looks back at his father during the kaiju fight in Invincible S1E7

    Invincible S1E7: “We Need to Talk”

    The following contains spoilers for the first six episodes of Invincible S1E7 “We Need to Talk,” and the Invincible comic book. Season 1 of Invincible has flown by (no pun intended). Invincible S1E7, titled “We Need to Talk,” marks the penultimate episode of the season, and like all the other episodes up to this point, it did not […] More

  • Maryanne Amacher crouches on the ground in front of a tape player and oscillator.

    Sisters with Transistors: Women on the Vanguard of Electronic Music

    The new documentary Sisters with Transistors (directed by Lisa Rovner) is a portrait of resilience, invention, and creativity. The film is about women that found their own way through the world of electronic music, despite rejection at almost every turn. They were told that women couldn’t be composers, that their music wasn’t music, that they […] More

  • Invincible fights one of the Reanimen on the campus of Upstate University in S1E6

    Invincible S1E6: “You Look Kinda Dead”

    The following contains spoilers for the first five episodes of Invincible S1E6, “You Look Kinda Dead,” and the Invincible comic book. The term “shocking conclusion” is almost a given when talking about an episode of Invincible, but even as someone that read the comic, the ending of S1E5 left me with my jaw dropped and immediately wanting […] More

  • Invincible and Titan storm Machine Head's penthouse in S1E5.

    Invincible S1E5: “That Actually Hurt”

    The following contains spoilers for the first four episodes of Invincible, S1E5, and the Invincible comic book. Just when I thought the violence had felt toned down since the first two episodes! Wow! The title of the episode, “That Actually Hurt,” is maybe the most apt since S1E1’s “It’s About Time.” The brutality of the fight […] More

  • Invincible and Omni-man stand at the top of Mount Everest. Omni-man looks heroic, Mark looks winded.

    Invincible S1E4: “Neil Armstrong, Eat Your Heart Out”

    The following contains spoilers for the first three episodes of Invincible, S1E4, and the Invincible comic book. S1E4 marks the first time that audiences had to wait for a new Invincible episode to release since the series began. The result, titled “Neil Armstrong, Eat Your Heart Out,” was certainly worth the wait. At this point in […] More

  • Invincible sits with Allen the Alien on the Moon. Allen is a large, orange, cyclopean alien in Episode 2.

    Invincible S1E2: “Here Goes Nothing”

    The following contains spoilers for both Invincible S1E1 and S1E2, as well as the Invincible comic book. Coming off the shocking conclusion to the first episode, Invincible S1E2, “Here Goes Nothing,” has a lot to live up to. Overall, I think that S1E2 rose to the challenge, even if it still felt as expository as its predecessor. […] More

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