I didn’t plan on playing Final Fantasy XV. In truth, I didn’t even want to play it, having ostensibly abandoned the series after the incomprehensible slog that was Final Fantasy XIII. Still, I couldn’t help but read the reviews that started flooding out around Final Fantasy XV‘s late November release and, much to my surprise, the […]Read more "At the Beginning: A Review of Final Fantasy XV"
Let’s just get this out in the open: Part of the reason that I write is that I want to live forever. I am not alone in that feeling. Surveying the members of any creative field will turn up an awful lot of similar sentiment. A brief (and highly unscientific) survey of some of the creative types […]Read more "The Circular Ruins"
In a critical scene of the film Memento, recall-challenged anti-hero Leonard Shelby laments the failings of memory. “Memory’s unreliable,” he says. “Memory’s not perfect, it’s not even that good…[it] can change the shape of a room, it can change the color of a car. And memories can be distorted. They’re just an interpretation, they’re not […]Read more "Memento"
Like a lot of my nerdy brethren, I am very excited about the announcement that Square Enix is going to remake Final Fantasy VII. The announcement, though, raises a lot of questions about execution for which there are not yet any readily available answers. In fairness, I should note that I’ve spent more time playing […]Read more "Necessary Mystery: The FFVII Remake"
I’m mad at myself about something that I missed. This post is my attempt to make up for it. Like a lot of people, I get a lot of emails. Like a lot of people, I forget about a lot of emails. So when I got an email from HeForShe – an organization fighting for […]Read more "77 Cents"
Several years ago a lunatic named Felix Baumgartner rode a balloon into outer space and then jumped out of it and fell back to earth. By choice. Because why the hell not, I guess. Oh, and since we live in the future, the whole thing was broadcast live on the internet so that people from around […]Read more "How Small"
As promised, I’m back. BQDC has a new look, a new publishing schedule (or lack thereof) and the same general sense of randomness that you’ve come to love. Let’s see where this goes.Read more "Redux"
After a furiously productive six months with this site, I’m going to be stepping away from it for a while to focus on some other projects. If you’re still interested in joining me for a conversation on books, music and miscellany, follow me on Twitter and/or Instagram where I’ll be posting updates on what I’m […]Read more "Hiatus"
Though BQDC trades primarily in reviews and commentary these days, this site was originally meant to house fiction. My intent was to write short fiction pieces on a weekly basis and post them here. Obviously that never happened. The demands of such prolific fiction production proved to be too much and instead BQDC slowly evolved into […]Read more "How Far We’ve Come"
Like seemingly everyone in my generation, I’m of the mindset that Jon Favreau’s Elf is a Christmas classic. What kind of scrooge doesn’t enjoy the adventures of Will Ferrell’s lovably naive Buddy the Elf? The movie’s climactic scene – which includes brilliant allusions to Lethal Weapon, The Lord of the Rings, and the freaking Patterson-Gimlin bigfoot video – […]Read more "Sing Like An Elf"