Thursday, October 15, 2020 - 5:33pm

Most of us like to think we have a handle on our lives. We make careful plans, we budget, we organize, all so that when we come home after a long day, we have the peace of mind to enjoy a few moments of relaxation before getting back to business the next day. But deep down everyone knows that at any point, catastrophe can strike forcefully enough to reduce the calmest and most level-headed of us to a state of sheer panic. If that wasn’t evident before, it certainly has been since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

Wednesday, September 9, 2020 - 4:27pm

I’m sure most of us have sat through a high school English class on poetry, watching as our teachers droned on and on about meter, metaphor and metonymy, and wondered: Why? Why do we need to know about this? What wisdom were our teachers secretly imparting as they confidently strode around the room insisting on the sheer importance of knowing how to identify a rhyme scheme? Would we one day be required to send our bosses a memo in iambic pentameter, or might we need to quote Homer on our mortgage applications?

Wednesday, June 10, 2020 - 5:16pm

Pop culture would have us believe that the Venn diagram between sports fans and art nerds is more or less two separate circles. As a humble representative of the tiny sliver in the middle, I want to introduce my friends on both sides to the world of their culturally prescribed adversary. There are some similarities between the two that few would expect to find — similarities that, I argue, allow us to view sport as art. Let’s set the scene. Our protagonist is NFL analyst Adam Schefter, who stakes his reputation on his straight-shooter, no-nonsense reporting.

Wednesday, May 6, 2020 - 6:56pm

If you’ve spent any substantial amount of time worrying about lofty questions like the meaning of life, humanity’s purpose, or anything else you’d hesitate to bring up on a first date, then go watch “The Midnight Gospel” right now. This show is so weird and interesting that I wouldn’t want to deprive anyone of the experience of going into it blind. Just prepare some snacks, block out three hours, load up on your illicit substance of choice and enjoy the ride.

Thursday, April 16, 2020 - 5:21pm

Peter Kispert’s debut collection of short stories is linked together by characters who, in one way or another, lie to their loved ones. These lies are sometimes huge and elaborately maintained for months. The title story, for instance, is about a narrator who makes up a friend so that his boyfriend doesn’t think he’s lonely. When the narrator’s boyfriend gets suspicious, the narrator hires an actor to pretend to be the friend and meet both of them for coffee.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 - 9:36pm

On this day in 1996, the very first pair of Pokémon games was released, kicking off what is now one of the most iconic video game franchises. The series was an essential part of my childhood. I remember being in the third grade and pestering my parents for weeks to buy me a copy of Pokémon Diamond because all my friends had it.

Sunday, February 23, 2020 - 4:42pm

You’re probably aware of the trope where male writers try to write female characters but seem to think that body weight and breast size are adequate substitutes for personality traits.

Thursday, January 9, 2020 - 11:56am

Writers have rarely shied away from historical tragedies like genocide, war and oppressive governments. The Orwells of the world have dissected and shown the dangers of humanity’s most destructive ideologies. Nona Fernandez takes a different approach to writing about one such ideology in her book, “Space Invaders.”