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baths, great and ordinary

“There must be quite a few things a hot bath won’t cure, but I don’t know many of them.” Sylvia Plath’s words, not mine, although I agree so wholeheartedly that when I first came across this passage in  2,524 more words


Art and a Higher State of Being; Part Two

This is a continuation of Art and a Higher State of Being; Open Essays for Part One

Even more subjective than art, what the end of humanity looks like differs with the individual. 265 more words


Always Chaotic Evil: In Defense of Orcs and Anti-Elves

Ragnarok Publications was kind enough to share a short little essay by me on my favorite misunderstood monster in fantasy: the orc. Who doesn’t love those green-skinned ne’er-do-wells? 63 more words

Happy Valentine's Day

Skin not only covers our polluting and oozing innards but also allows us the illusion that the heart can be a seat of love and courage rather than just a pulsing slithery organ.

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American Beauty: A Case For Autobiographical Fiction

I wrote a research essay in 2014 on American Beauty (1999). The screenwriter of the film, Alan Ball, wove instances of his personal life into the film script. 1,934 more words


Second-Hand Sundance: Streaming Services Spend Big and Other Stories

The Sundance Film Festival is the largest independent film festival in the United States, and every year near the end of January, thousands descend upon Utah to watch the latest offerings of independent filmmakers from all over the world. 1,566 more words

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Becoming Worship

One of the things that I really like about Paganism is that, in a very short time, we have built a very healthy tradition of theology by disputation. 1,318 more words