“I feel like I’ve changed.”My life during the pandemic has been so packed to the gills that I do my best not to become enraged by the situation, in particular the fact that this situation could have been avoided, at least to this extent.But that quote is from our 7 year old son and in…… Continue reading The Kids Will Not Be All Right
Given that we are always under the same roof, my wife and I don’t talk that often, not about things that aren’t directly in our path like what we’re having for dinner, how many conference calls we each have that day, or what time our youngest son woke up from his nap.When we do have…… Continue reading Pandemic Parenting: The Daily Briefings
Our friends’ 11 year old son passed away this morning. He had been fighting cancer for a long time. He and his family had been fighting so hard for so long that the fact that this is how that story ended fills me with unbearable rage.We weren’t close to his family and most of our…… Continue reading I don’t have strong enough words for this
Kurt Cobain wrote a lot of great lyrics. This is the one I come back to the most.It’s clearly not his most metaphorical line or even one that evokes imagery of any kind, which is often where his strengths were in his writing. Really, it’s probably one of the simplest lines he ever wrote. But…… Continue reading I miss the comfort in being sad.
I’m already 45 in every other part of the country save those of us out here on the currently burning West Coast. The weather today was the same as it will be tomorrow, on my birthday: highs in the 90s, air quality unhealthy.The rest of my family (my wife and our two sons) have birthdays…… Continue reading The pandemic icing on my 45th birthday cake
I love the Legion of Superheroes. I could — and probably will — write endless posts about how much the Legion has meant to me over the years. I could write about how fascinated I was when I first read about them, how hunting down back issues was so much fun, how fan fic filled…… Continue reading The New Legion Isn’t Working
Let me start with three opinions: 1. Super Sons (Jon Kent and Damian Wayne) was fantastic and I miss both the series and the relationship that those two characters had. I loved that imaginary stories from decades earlier suddenly became real in the DCU. 2. The actual story that aged Jon was bad. It made…… Continue reading Aging Jon Kent Was a Mistake
What a silver fucking lining, right?It’s kind of a tricky concept and one which is thrown around on the show with far too little explanation or examination.Does it mean that every single magician is always in pain? Are those who are in more pain thus more powerful magicians? What does studying have to do with…… Continue reading A Eulogy for The Magicians, Part 2: Magic Comes From Pain
When Quentin finds his way to Brakebills University, he has spent his life trying to reconcile two worlds, the one around him and the one in his head.The one around him is dark and depressing. In the first season, the real world is shot in shades of dark blue, grey, and black. Existence is drab.…… Continue reading A Eulogy for The Magicians, Part 1: The Space Between
Peter Parker needs to pull a Barry Allen (but not come back). The world is ending and when the world ends I tend to look for comfort and I find that comfort in the form of comics. I’m sure I’m not alone. As I was rereading some of my favorite comics, I decided to check…… Continue reading Peter Parker Must Die!