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Legend of Korra: “Reunion”

That screencap is semi-important. I used it as the article image first because it’s cute, second because the little bit of business between Pabu, Naga, and Korra at the episode’s beginning is a great example of how The Legend of Korra manages to keep things moving on an episode-by-episode basis. The first two seasons of…

Veterans’ Day

When I write something on this blog, it’s usually because I think I have a fresh take on a subject, some kind of insight that I can share with the world (or more accurately, put down on a blog I haven’t told anyone about and then get frustrated when no one seems to notice it).…

Legend of Korra: “Battle of Zaofu”

Entertainment in 2014 rarely relies on surprise. The culture at large is so conversant in storytelling conventions that it becomes difficult to create an actual surprise, and any enjoyment that derives purely from surprise is generally considered fleeting. Watching older classic movies like Psycho, which depends heavily on twists, has revealed that these movies are great…

The Art of the Sales Script

As I mentioned in my wrap-up of the Edgar Wright/Simon Pegg films, I’ve spent the last few months doing political canvassing for the Colorado elections. You know those people with clipboards who knock on your door just as you’re sitting down to dinner, who want to ask you all sorts of questions about your personal…

Review: Tenth of December by George Saunders

NOTE: This review was originally posted to my GoodReads page. I’m reproducing it here, in a shameful attempt to increase my post count. I generally hate CD reviews that review the CD track-by-track, and I think reviewing a short story collection story-by-story is the literary equivalent of that, but there’s no other way I could…