Rise and Rise Edition

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An aggregation of five favorite links directly from the information superhighway.

Private Choices Have Public Consequences

David Roth writes with such skill that I’m always in awe of his output. His ability to get to the heart of the matter regarding vaccinations and “muh freedoms” people is perfectly rendered behind the lens of professional baseball players.

Internet K-Hole

Here we have a vast amount of very amateur snapshots taken from the mid-1970s to mid-1990s, with absolutely no other context provided or needed. Mostly a whole bunch of people I've never seen before... but if I scroll long enough—hours maybe—I will see an image of myself somewhere, I am sure of it. NSFW warning: a minute amount of lite smut compared to the gargantuan size of the collection; however, the second picture in the latest post happens to be of a butt. The one after that is Lemmy in a hotel room. Then comes the panoply of randos.

Justice League Screenwriter Chris Terrio Is Super Pissed Off

Terrio has, obviously, been stewing in his anger. The guy won an Oscar and all his DC films have been viewed poorly over the years. The stuff about the title of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice just screams so much dumb studio interference. When you have the wrong people in charge, bad things happen.

Why the new Space Jam trailer is so gross

Emily VanDerWerff gets all weirded out by movies mashing up intellectual properties for fun and profit. I do not understand why she feels that way. Including these “easter eggs” is fun. It was fun in Ready Player One and Ralph Breaks the Internet. She says these types of movies “…exist solely to show off all of the movies and TV shows owned by the corporation producing them, and frequently cheapen the story in the name of cramming in more cameos.” You have no idea if the story is cheapened because you haven’t seen the movie. Besides, I highly doubt a cameo is going to make or break any movie. Cross-promotion has been around forever. Sure, The Clockwork Orange cameos are oft putting, but I don't think that it's anything more than the animators having lots of fun filling in the crowd scenes. Stop getting your panties in a twist and have fun.

The Rise and Rise of Amanda Gorman

What an incredible story. What a profile. She’s going places far and wide. What a singular talent. I can’t wait to see what she does next.


From Me to You

My latest essays and stories on fightingillini.com and in The Multiverse.

My Ten Favorite Science Fiction Movies of the Last Ten Years

I just created a weekend movie marathon. Hope you enjoy.


Caught My Eye

Stuff around the web that made me pause, smile, or think.


Be smart. Be safe.

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Embrace the Suffering Edition

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This Opening Day, Embrace The Suffering

“The truest currency of baseball has always been complaining about baseball, an ouroboros of despair that has created a sport where the rules change every 15 minutes and are altered by thugs and morons who complain about baseball more than they watch it.” On the other hand, hey everybody… we got baseball! Also, I’m a St. Louis Cardinals fan… there isn’t a lot of suffering had here. See: Arenado, Nolan.

Godzilla vs. Kong Is Heart-Stoppingly Stupid But Sporadically Entertaining

This is pretty much the only review you need regarding Godzilla vs. Kong. I haven’t seen any of the Legendary Entertainment MonsterVerse movies i.e. Godzilla (2014), Kong: Skull Island (2017), and Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) so I probably won’t be watching this one either. If you dig kaiju hitting each other and destroying cities… I’m sure my two cents will not dissuade you from watching.

Why Sci-Fi Legend Ted Chiang Fears Capitalism, Not A.I.

This is a link to the transcript from the Ezra Klein Show podcast. I’m a massive fan of Ted Chiang, who I think is easily one of the finest science fiction writers working today. His stories are wonderful, intricate, and thought-provoking. Chiang is incredibly private, so I was excited to hear the conversation. I’m not sure I totally agree with him regarding superheroes, but I like that he’s thought about it at great length.

Never Cry In A Strip Club

John DeVore pens an essay about intimacy, heartbreak, and addiction. Contrary to the title, it is not about strip clubs.

Trump Is Small Now

To be honest, he was always small. Just ask E. Jean Carroll. [Ba dum tss!] I’m here all week people… tip your bartenders and waitresses. Leitch boils Trump down with one line, “But now that he’s not President anymore, he’s just an old man playing golf in Florida and rambling on to anyone within earshot.” So, Grandpa Simpson yelling at clouds. Yawn.


From Me to You

My latest essays and stories on fightingillini.com and in The Multiverse.

Pop Culture Curation

Find the good stuff. Ignore the rest. You’ll be so much happier for it.


Caught My Eye

Stuff around the web that made me pause, smile, or think.

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Old Things Are Old Edition

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Old Things Are Old! That Includes You!

I love it when Drew Magary goes on a rant. This one is a doozy about growing old and seeing other people get older and then recognizing you are, in fact, old too.

3 Tiny Steps You Can Take Today to Be Less Stressed and More Productive

These seem a little obvious, but still good ideas. By the way, I’m terrible at all three of these points and that’s why I’m always stressed and not nearly as productive as I should be. I guess I really should take this advice.

Every DC Comics Movie, Ranked

When I see these types of lists, I know they are absolutely going to miss movies because they didn’t do their homework. For instance, this list doesn’t include Road to Perdition or A History of Violence because they “… excluded films made from imprints later purchased by DC Comics, so sorry, Hellboy, Road to Perdition, and A History of Violence: You’re excluded here." None of that makes any sense. DC never owned either Dark Horse Comics or the rights to Hellboy and Paradox Press, like Vertigo, was an imprint formed under DC Comics so Road to Perdition and A History of Violence have every right to be included on this list. Those two movies alone are better than most of the ones included. They also missed the 1966 Batman movie, which is a ridiculous omission. Oh, and you forgot The Losers too. Also, the ranking of the included movies is so wrong I think it was on purpose.

How to Write a Novel, According to 10 Really Good Novelists

Some really practical advice here. I still think I have a novel in me. Maybe I’ll heed some of these ideas and get crackin’. I mean there are lots of reasons to actually write a book.

The Mess at Medium

This is different than the mess at Substack. At Substack, they “secretly” paid a bunch of eloquent shitposters to come on over and create newsletters on their site. At Medium, all the paid journalists and writers have been offered buyouts. Maybe it’s all a scam.


From Me to You

My latest essays and stories on fightingillini.com and in The Multiverse.

My Ten Favorite Songs from Fictional Universes

I needed something fun to write about this week, so here’s a list post of some cool songs from movies and television (but mostly movies). Can you guess my top ten?


Caught My Eye

Stuff around the web that made me pause, smile, or think.


Be smart. Be safe.

Be seeing you,


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It's Amazing Edition

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“I Blazed A Path”: Career Of Filmmaker-Podcaster-Innovator Kevin Smith Celebrated In ‘Clerk’

“What’s indisputable is that Smith has consistently staked out a place far afield and watched the culture move toward him—his love of comic books, for instance, his early adopting of social media and podcasting, and his thoroughly indie mindset.” I haven’t seen Clerk yet, but I think I have a decently good idea of how it goes.

Cancel culture is out of control — and Gen X is our only hope

Yeah, right. First, Matthew Hennessey, you are an idiot. Second, cancel culture doesn’t exist. It is simply warmed-over ‘political correctness’ and Gen X doesn’t have any patience for all that wasted energy. Besides, we all know what the phrases “cancel culture” and “political correctness” really mean: I’m a member of the conservative club. And if you think Gen X is gonna save you, just wait until you have a chat with Gen Y. They give zero fucks about you and your cause.

You’re Still Doing Remote Work All Wrong

Will Leitch with some real practical advice. I’m still so bad at setting my work hours and then doing work during those hours. However, I still don’t want to go back into the office.

Paul Stanley on Why He's Singing Soul Classics and How Motown Influenced Kiss

I’ve listened to KISS most of my life and never once did the call-back chorus of “Shout it Out Loud” remind me of The Four Tops. I still don’t know what to think about the “Paul Stanley sings Motown” point in his career. Write some new KISS tunes and put out another record and then turn the best performances of the End of the Road Tour and create Alive V.

A joyous 15-minute Zoom call shows why talented Illinois can win it all

When the Washington Post decides to have a story on Illinois Basketball, you definitely have people’s attention. Even better, they have finally noticed the Kofi and Giorgi show. I’m pretty sure I’d call this post-game presser…. wait for it… amazing.


From Me to You

My latest essays and stories on fightingillini.com and in The Multiverse.

The Zack Snyder Aesthetic

Here are more than 3,000 words on writer/director Zack Snyder. Zack Snyder’s Justice League is better than you think and as bad as you think. I explain why.


Caught My Eye

Stuff around the web that made me pause, smile, or think.


Be smart. Be safe.

Be seeing you,


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Marching Up the Mountain Edition

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March Madness Is Back, Outbreaks Be Damned

I remember a year ago when I told my brother that the NCAA tournament was going to be canceled a few days before it actually was. He was in disbelief. After losing $700 million, there’s no way the NCAA was not going to have a tournament. It will be interesting to see if there are any teams that have to forfeit due to positive COVID tests.

Inside the epic return of 'Mamba Dos'

This is an excellent story about the Dosunmu family. The bit when Ayo came to practice and said, “This ain’t Eli Brooks” is unreal. He is the man this season. I can’t wait to watch more. I mean even the St. Louis media is on board.

When Content Becomes Your King

Matt D’Avella is an interesting guy. I admire his journey and what he’s accomplished in such a short time.

The Last Gasp of the Gen X Nerd Kings

It is interesting to me that he lumps Joss Whedon, Ernest Cline, Kevin Smith, Quentin Tarantino, Patton Oswalt, and Harry Knowles together, but does not include the Duffer brothers, Andy Weir, or Jon Favreau in there. I think I know why…

American Battlefield: 72 Hours in Kenosha

This breakdown of the events in Kenosha involving Kyle Rittenhouse is as riveting as it is infuriating. I don’t understand why he’s not still in jail awaiting trial.


From Me to You

My latest essays and stories on fightingillini.com and in The Multiverse.

Marching Up the Mountain

Today is Selection Sunday and the Fighting Illini will hear their name being called as one of the four #1 seeds in the NCAA Tournament. I can’t wait. Sixteen years ago, another Fighting Illini basketball squad was a #1 seed and took their talent all the way to the Championship game. This is a story about the greatest Elite Eight come back in NCAA history.


Caught My Eye

Stuff around the web that made me pause, smile, or think.


Be smart. Be safe.

Be seeing you,
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