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  • Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) cries looking at Vision's dismantled form

    Grief in WandaVision: Memory Made Real

    “It’s not fair. It shouldn’t be you, but it is.”  That’s what Vision told Wanda Maximoff when he begged her to destroy the Mind Stone and himself with it in Avengers: Infinity War. The superhero couple shared a mere 20 minutes total in the subsequent Avengers films but the love story burgeoning between witch and […] More

  • Two flashlights focus on the map in the Owl Cave

    Puzzles and Games Abound in Twin Peaks Episode 26

    Bishop takes pawn. It’s a seemingly simple move. And it’s the one that Windom Earle makes over the course of Twin Peaks Episode 26, “Variations on Relations.” The episode opens at Owl Cave, with Cooper examining what viewers will come to know as the map to the Black Lodge. It’s then that we switch to […] More

  • Poe looks skyward on her album cover for Haunted

    Haunted: Poe’s Emotional Masterpiece

    The late 1990s blessed us with many amazing female singer/songwriters. I spent much of that transitional time between high school and college listening to Tori Amos, Alanis Morrisette, and Kate Bush. Poe was also in rotation, with many tracks from her debut album, Hello falling unto trip-hop mixtapes alongside Portishead and Sneaker Pimps.  Haunted was […] More

  • Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) walks through a crowd of men in the opening scene of "Agent Carter."

    Agent Carter Knows Its Value

    The Marvel franchise is a vast and interconnected universe with over 20 films and featuring two spy-centric ABC television series: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter. (ABC also aired the much-maligned Inhumans for one brief season.) While Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. recently wrapped up after seven seasons, Peggy Carter’s adventures sadly sputtered out after just two seasons. Yes, the Russo Brothers […] More

  • The cover of Jagged Little Pill by Alanis Morissette

    The Black Fly in Your Chardonnay: Jagged Little Pill at 25

    I vividly remember the day I listened to Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill for the first time. I was in 7th grade and a classmate slid it across the table to me in the last period. It was in a piecemeal jewel case–just the liner notes and the CD. The inset and backsplash of the […] More

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    Tori Amos’ Resistance “Serves Urgent Messages and Muses” Alike

    Tori Amos has often been called a confessional singer and songwriter, but she’s always been more than that to her fanbase. Her body of work has acted as a poetic guide to life experiences–growing up, relationships, grief, and politics–and my personal relationship with her robust song catalog ebbs and flows like the tides as I […] More

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    Shaken, Not Stirred: Five Should-Be Bond Theme Songs

    Who doesn’t love sipping a Vesper while spinning a playlist of James Bond themes? Nobody does it better, but there are some cuts I consider “unofficial” Bond songs for Bond films that haven’t been made yet. Shake up a cocktail and settle in for these Bond-worthy songs. It’s a long wait till the new premiere […] More

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