The Soapy Pleasures of Kevin Kwan’s Crazy Rich Trilogy

I recently finished reading through three of the soapiest books I think I’ve ever read: Kevin Kwan’s Crazy Rich Asians, China Rich Girlfriend, and Rich People Problems. Each book I read in maybe three or four days, and they kept me engaged in a way few books can. It’s probably safe to say I devoured… Read more »

Project Highrise: Simulators and Difficulty

This past Thanksgiving weekend I finally broke down during the Steam sale and bought a game I’ve had on my eye for a while: SomaSim’s Project Highrise. As a huge 90s sim game fan, the aesthetics were immediately familiar to me. Highrise is an homage to an old favorite, Maxis’ SimTower. Project Highrise lives up to its successor–or at least… Read more »

Quick Thoughts: Search Party

With the start of TBS dramedy Search Party beginning season two, I thought I’d record a quick thoughts on the show’s first season. I had it on my list forever and finally got around to it last week and I really liked it! I now regret not watching it when it came out last year–but then… Read more »

Quick Thoughts: The Good Place

As a fan of all things Mike Schur, I approached The Good Place eagerly when I heard about it. And I liked it! Season 1 was great, and I’ve since caught up to the ‘fall finale’ of season 2. (Damn what’s with these months-long breaks network shows do in the middle of seasons–lookin’ at you, Brooklyn Nine-Nine!!!) It’s… Read more »

R&B of the Aughts comes to 2017

Rina Sawayama, London musician, has released RINA, her first EP. It’s a short little thing if you’re not counting interludes, just six tracks. But it’s a whopper! It’s a fun EP of R&B that would have sounded at home (if a bit experimental) in the late 90s/early 00s. I can’t get enough of it. I think… Read more »

An Exploration of a Generation’s Ills

Kids These Days from Malcolm Harris is a much-needed look into way the political economy of the United States shaped and formed the oft-maligned Millennial generation. The book takes the reader on a journey through the aggregated life experiences of Millennials (thus far), starting from the pressures placed on us in elementary schools and onward… Read more »

Nathan For You Blurs Reality TV and Reality Itself

Nathan For You, Nathan Fielder’s terrific mock business reality show just aired its season 4 finale last week. “Finding Frances” focuses on washed-up Bill Gates impersonator Bill Heath’s regrets over a lost romance and the search for a woman he hasn’t seen since the late 50s. It’s illuminating, hilarious and compellingly human, and it’s perhaps… Read more »

Blue Planet II Has Begun.

In the past year I’ve gotten super into all things David Attenborough. The man is a living treasure and the moving pictures he talks over are quite nice. Last year saw the issuance of a sequel to Planet Earth, a classic weedsmoke-and-gaze show from my college years. Planet Earth II was incredible. Better than the first,… Read more »

The Deuce is Pretty, Pretty Good

HBO’s The Deuce caught my attention when I found out that David Simon would be one of the creative forces behind it. (D Simon, of course, is of The Wire fame, blessed be its name.) The finale just aired last Sunday and after seeing the whole season I gotta say it was pretty enjoyable. I think if… Read more »

World Without Mind by Franklin Foer is Illuminating

I’m always a sucker for any non-fiction polemic that rails against modern miracles, and World Without Mind fills that role well. The book’s excellent–an in-depth dive into the roots of the libertarian ideals seeded in early Silicon Valley and how those ideas grew in tandem with the burgeoning tech world to create a paradoxical world without… Read more »