It wasn’t the lesson he intended.

Scenic view of Hong Kong.
Hong Kong. (Photo by author)

The restaurant was nicer than a single guy on Reddit’s self-description.

Hong Kong, lavish, expensive. Not “nice occasions” expensive; nobility expensive, the kind of place that taxes your breaths if you lack a trust fund. I remember the impressions more than objects: Red lighting, Chinese designs. …

A classical geopolitical theory explains current US politics and provides a warning for our future.

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The historian Thucydides proclaimed that the Peloponnesian War was made inevitable by the rise of Athens and the fear that this instilled in Sparta. …

A traveling poet in a postmodern land

Reading Game of Thrones while watching on the Wall. (Photo credit: Author)

I don’t know why I sound British.

Father was the first to notice and I lacked a good response. I ‘d lived in the same New York town all my life, and was 10, an age little heralded for clever retorts. Best guess…

And, right now, it’s very hot

Girl sits by a window looking at a hot, tropical view.
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I’m exhausted right now.

And yet I got over eight hours of sleep the last two nights. I did about an hour of exercise both days. I’ve done some writing but nothing crazy. Am I stressed? Of course. …

We’re putting a great movie into a box

A scene from In The Heights featuring several characters standing on a road.
A scene from In The Heights making me terrified about incoming traffic. (Photo Credit: © 2021 Warner Bros.)

(Spoiler-free)

In The Heights is a major Hollywood musical starring an overwhelmingly Latino cast. Before release, there was quite a bit of commentary comparing it to Black Panther and Crazy Rich Asians.

Here are nine possibilities, five of them serious

Mobius and Loki sitting at a table.
Mobius and Loki watching Thor: The Dark World. (Image: ©Marvel Studios 2021.)

(Major spoilers for the first two episodes of Loki, and slight spoilers for both previous Marvel Disney+ shows.)

We need to talk about Loki.

Why? Because it’s really fun, and I don’t have anyone else to talk about it with. But, also, we all agree the TVA is evil, right?

Don’t defame those poor dalmatians

Cruella De Vill in Disney’s Cruella, with Horace, Jasper, and three dalmations.
Cruella. ©Disney

Cruella is a masterpiece in pop-punk blockbuster filmmaking. It’s such a roaring adventure that I spent an hour wishing it would let up just so that I could use the restroom.

It’s a really good movie.

So it’s a bit of a shame that, right now, its biggest pop culture…

Sometimes it’s better to just skip to the fireworks

Man from Those Who Wish Me Dead walking away from a fire.
I neither know nor care who this bad guy works for. (Photo credit: © 2021 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.)

When the story of 21st century American cinema is written, Those Who Wish Me Dead will likely be a footnote to an appendix. It isn’t a particularly innovative film and it doesn’t pretend to be. …

Take these lessons from a master of the art

Woman staring bored at her computer.
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I procrastinate a lot. Even right now, I’m supposed to be rescuing my brother from his collapsing volcanic lair.

Wait… he’s gone. Honestly, it’s a relief not to have that on the list anymore.

I also overthink, which is — mostly — a separate issue, but it means I’ve thought…

Mad Libs Humor

But what is memory, if not Lincoln persevering?

Lincoln Memorial; close-up of Abraham Lincoln’s hands.
The freakishly massive fingers of a true statesman. (Photo by ElevenPhotographs on Unsplash)

Disclaimer: This story is intended to be random and humorous. It is published in Fill in the Blanks publication, inspired by the classic game, Mad Libs. Random words contributed by Dariuš Butkevičius, Len Morse, Sandi Parsons, Anna, Quy Ma, Sandra Grauschopf, Amanda Clark-Rudolph, Cara J. Stevens, Panos Grigorakakis, Kayla Vokolek

Damon Ferrara

A too-clever traveling poet, looking for writing opportunities. Screenwriter/Marketer/Author, “And One Day My Stars Will Burn.” https://linktr.ee/DamonFerrara

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