The Entropy of Ben Folds

The Entropy of Ben Folds

In the 22 years since "Brick" made him a recognizable figure in pop music, Ben Folds has explored his art in an awful lot of ways. He's recorded albums with his band, as a solo artist and with William freaking Shatner. After he unexpectedly became an a cappella icon, he hosted a singing competition with [...]

Let’s Mosey, Indeed: On the Value of Tim Rogers’ Slow Translation of Final Fantasy VII

Let’s Mosey, Indeed: On the Value of Tim Rogers’ Slow Translation of Final Fantasy VII

Final Fantasy VII's story is bonkers: A genetically engineered super-soldier overthrows the corporation that acts as a de facto world government and then, believing that he has a divine right to rule, summons a meteor to strike the planet so that he can merge with the energy of all living things, becoming a god. But [...]

Pop Noir: UPSAHL’s “Stressed” and the Failings of Apple Music

Pop Noir: UPSAHL’s “Stressed” and the Failings of Apple Music

Apple has a long and storied history of copying its competitors (and then pretending that's not what it's doing). Sticking to that business plan, since entering the streaming audio marketplace with Apple Music, the company has made a concentrated effort to mimic what it deems to be the most important aspects of the market leader, Spotify. [...]

Ritual Reality: Ursula K. Le Guin’s The Tombs of Atuan

Ritual Reality: Ursula K. Le Guin’s The Tombs of Atuan

Worldbuilding is exhausting. It requires a massive amount of mental energy to imagine and then codify an entirely new world with all its nooks and crannies, its politics and customs. To expedite this process, many works of fantasy rely on familiar tropes as a shortcut, allowing vast institutions to be explained away by a few [...]