RELEASE DATE: MARCH 15, 2018

My short story “Thirsty” is available as a Kindle Single. Click here to purchase it from Amazon for one dollar. Or you can click here to read a sample and hear my sales pitch for why should make the purchase.

MAY 4, 2018

The Avengers broke up because Captain America has the political sophistication of a 13-year-old boy in a Che Guevara t-shirt.

APRIL 19, 2018

M. Night Shyamalan’s 2002 film is not only a great, underappreciated thriller, but it helped inspire the modern horror renaissance.

RELEASE DATE: MARCH 15, 2018

My short story “Thirsty” is available as a Kindle Single. Click here to purchase it from Amazon for one dollar. Or you can click here to read a sample and hear my sales pitch for why should make the purchase.

MAY 4, 2018

The Avengers broke up because Captain America has the political sophistication of a 13-year-old boy in a Che Guevara t-shirt.

APRIL 19, 2018

M. Night Shyamalan’s 2002 film is not only a great, underappreciated thriller, but it helped inspire the modern horror renaissance.

APRIL 10, 2018

Engineered to set up a decade of movies with built-in brand loyalty, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was an enormous hit that left little mark. Is it worth a second look?

PODCAST

JULY 10, 2018

Parenthood (1989)
Directed by Ron Howard
Starring Steve Martin, Mary Steenburgen, Dianne Wiest
Listen: Apple Podcast | Stitcher | TuneIn | Direct Download

MOVIE THOUGHTS

MAY 12, 2017

What do you think of when you hear “Star Wars”? Most people think of a franchise, but I think first and foremost of a single movie—a movie from 1977 directed by George Lucas.

JULY 5, 2017

The most grounded and humane superhero movie, “Spider-Man 2” is an argument for the importance of self-love.

JULY 12, 2017

Alfonso Cuarón’s film has the single best moment from any Harry Potter movie or book.

FEBRUARY 9, 2018

We don’t connect our own futures with the gloomy future we predict for the world.

APRIL 10, 2018

Engineered to set up a decade of movies with built-in brand loyalty, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was an enormous hit that left little mark. Is it worth a second look?

APRIL 4, 2018

I love Roger Ebert and think about his reviews all the time, but he is very much a figure out of time.

MARCH 22, 2018

We may be hitting the nostalgia apex with Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One, and it feels like something’s about to break.

This site collects all my writing in one place. I think of my subject as the intersection of culture, history, and philosophy. But that’s just a fluffy way of saying that my mind wanders and I write about lots of different things. So click to read stuff I’ve written about…

Learn more about Generation Why, read a sample, and purchase the book on Amazon.

Successful writers tend to focus on one particular thing. I struggle with that. My mind wanders. So click to read stuff I’ve written about…

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TV

CLASSICS

JANUARY 14, 2011

I thought my team winning the Super Bowl would make me a happier sports fan, but it’s just made me more miserable. So I’m done.

MARCH 26, 2011

Why did Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo peak as a songwriter so early in his career?

JANUARY 30, 2013

On my many dabblings with self-help programs.

JANUARY 18, 2016

As a brand-new, entry-level employee at my first grown-up job, I attempted to break the ice with my colleagues by making horse sounds. It did not achieve the desired effect.

CLASSICS

JANUARY 14, 2011

I thought my team winning the Super Bowl would make me a happier sports fan, but it’s just made me more miserable. So I’m done.

MARCH 26, 2011

Why did Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo peak as a songwriter so early in his career?

JANUARY 30, 2013

On my many dabblings with self-help programs.

JANUARY 18, 2016

As a brand-new, entry-level employee at my first grown-up job, I attempted to break the ice with my colleagues by making horse sounds. It did not achieve the desired effect.