This much is already known: for every sensible line of straightforward statement, there are leagues of senseless cacophonies, verbal jumbles and incoherences. – Jorge Luis Borges, “The Library of Babel” In one of his most famous stories, Argentine metaphysical author Jorge Luis Borges positions his narrator in the fictitious and eponymous Library of Babel, wherein […]Read more "We Are the Library: Borges and the Search for Meaning"
Under the best of circumstances it would have been hard to be excited about the fantasy prospects of the New York Jets this year. We are not operating under the best of circumstances. With the news that the Jets are planning to trade or release Eric Decker, the Jets have clearly committed to tanking not […]Read more "The New York Jets Are Beyond Terrible"
Adrian, Marshawn & Jamaal, Before I get ahead of myself, I want to give you guys some much deserved love. Adrian, you had the best combination of size and speed that I’ve ever seen at running back. In 2012, you managed to run for 2,097 yards even though running backs were becoming increasingly irrelevant and […]Read more "An Open Letter to Adrian Peterson, Marshawn Lynch & Jamaal Charles"
Dear Everyone in Bill Belichick’s Fantasy Football League, First off, yes. I understand that you’re going to pretend that you don’t exist. That Bill Belichick – perhaps the greatest coach in NFL history – couldn’t possibly have the time or lack of self worth to play fantasy football. I get that you’re going to say […]Read more "An Open Letter to Everyone In Bill Belichick’s Fantasy Football League"
Hey Blake, It’s been a rough year for you. It wasn’t that long ago that you were the next big thing and now, only a few bounced interceptions later, you’re having to brush off questions about being out of a job. That’s not a great career arc and I can’t imagine that it’s a whole lot […]Read more "An Open Letter to Blake Bortles"
When discussing Halloway, the late-2016 EP from Tessa Violet, the natural inclination is to focus on the album’s jaunty electropop feel. While it’s true that ‘Dream’ moves along on the back of a bouncing hook and that ‘Not Over You’ sounds like the musical lovechild of Tillian and Carly Rae Jepsen, these salient points do […]Read more "Tessa Violet – Halloway"
I. There was a time when Third Eye Blind’s self-titled debut was the only album I listened to for an entire calendar year. Literally. That seems like an exaggeration, an overreach of the figurative use of “literally.” It’s not. I was ten during the summer of 1997, when ‘Semi-Charmed Life’ took over every radio station […]Read more "This Is Ours Now"
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"
This post was originally included in a group discussion at Type In Stereo. 5. Letters to Lost Loves by Tyson Motsenbocker. There were a handful of albums contending for this final spot, from PUP’s rambunctious The Dream Is Over to Panic! At the Disco’s surprisingly enjoyable Death of A Bachelor but I’m going to go with a more subdued choice in Letters to […]Read more "The Best Albums of 2016"
I am nothing if not a (wayward, powerless) arbiter of pop music. Over the years I have advocated for indie darlings, universally acclaimed megastars and criminally underrated savants. And now I’ve got a new addiction: ‘Your Girl’ by Violet Days. I don’t want to get too technical here but, guys, that song is awesome. It’s got smooth hooks! It’s got […]Read more "Violet Days – Your Girl"