In my most recent blog, I wrote about air travel. I have also previously written about driving in Savannah. Today I would like to merge those two ideas into one megablog about road tripping. On second thought, this doesn’t really warrant the title “megablog.” I’m going to save that one for later. To kick of […]Read more "A not-Megablog about Road Trips"
The thing about your entire family living far away is that it means you get to go on a lot of vacations and you don’t have to pay for lodging when you do. Consequently, I have been flying since before I can remember (which, incidentally, coincides with the pre-9/11 glory days). Oddly enough, I don’t actually have […]Read more "Metal Tubes in the Sky"
As you can surely tell from the title, we are about to embark on a positive, constructive analysis of one of the most pervasive genres in modern America: YA lit. For the uninitiated among you, this abbreviation refers to “young adult literature,” books written for middle-to-high school aged audiences. And I hate it. I have […]Read more "Why I Hate YA Literature"
If you follow me on literally any form of social media, you have likely seen at least one of the many pictures of random dogs (and sometimes cats) I’ve posted over the past few months. These adorable photos are facilitated by Secondhand Hounds– and to a lesser extent, American Brittany Rescue– which are both animal […]Read more "Secondhand Hounds"
Recently (okay, last November) I got a job at the Weisman Art Museum on the UMN campus as a gallery guard. I am part of the last defense between a sticky-handed toddler and priceless pieces of art. It is not a job I take lightly. You might realize that me holding this job is […]Read more "Art Heroes"
I don’t know what your TV habits are, but I’m going to go out on a limb and assume you’ve seen this Apple commercial where a dad is filming his daughter in Romeo and Juliet. If you live under a rock, here’s a link. I’ll wait. Back? Cool. Because I’m about to explain why this is […]Read more "The Worst Commercial in the World"
Ophelia has not been remembered fondly over the years. “Fragile,” “wanton,” and “weak” are commonly ascribed traits to this admittedly tragic heroine; it seems she is either a cold temptress or an object of pity, and rarely anything more. These epithets, though reductive, are forgivable conclusions— when the title character utters over a third of […]Read more "Defining Ophelia"