The Magicians Episode 304 Review: Be the Penny

This week’s episode of The Magicians featured everyone’s favorite character, Penny! I’m so happy with how “Be the Penny” was structured, after last week’s choppy episode. It was a nice way to put a through-way in the episode without jumping around unreasonably. During Penny’s It’s-a-Wonderful-Lifeing he discovered that people weren’t surprised he was dead, and…

The Genius Plague, or Why You Should Be Afraid of Fungus 101

The Genius Plague by David Walton (Pyr, 2017) We all know that the goal of a species is to not die out, a goal that can be achieved in many ways: living in mutually beneficial relationships with other organisms; spreading further geographically so if there are problems in one region, the other regions survive; killing…

Mary and the Witch’s Flower Review: Disappointing and Confusing

This article contains spoilers for Mary and the Witch’s Flower —  you have been warned! I went to the theater to see Mary and the Witch’s Flower with an open mind and a few expectations. Were they too high? Maybe, but even for a children’s movie I thought Mary and the Witch’s Flower could do much better. The film lacked charm…

5 Nonfiction Books on Race in America

There has been a flood of books in response to the growing national conversation about race and the lives of persons of color. I’ve recently read (or, perhaps more accurately, inhaled) several books that explore the past and present of race in the United States, particularly Black America. From personal memoirs to comprehensive histories, these books expose…

The Magicians Episode 302 Review: Heroes and Morons

This week’s episode of The Magicians had two major storylines and while I found them entertaining, I was fairly annoyed at the one set on Earth. First, let me say that The Magicians has always been a very self-aware show, and I’m surprised that Quentin didn’t make a witty observation about the overall plot. Quentin,…

Shameless Season 8 Episode 10 Review: The Church of Gay Jesus

I really loved this week’s episode of Shameless. It built up so many areas of the show in ways I didn’t expect. “The Church of Gay Jesus” also felt like a movie, but I can’t place why. Maybe it was how Fiona’s relationship with Ford progressed, or the way Kassidy manipulated Carl. I thought the…