Category Archives: Reviews and Criticisms

MUSIC: P!nk “The Truth About Love: Addendum

Last week I gave some initial thoughts on P!nk‘s new album. Below the cut, an addendum.

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Survival of the Fittest: The 2011/2012 Television Season

This season of television was pretty good. There have been some excellent shows, and some downright terrible ones. The overbearing theme of this season, for me, was impatience. I finally gave up on shows I’ve been losing interest in for years, and even found myself hesitant to devote my time to new shows. I was so busy, there was a proper culling of the herd.

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TV: Raising Hope, Sabrina, and Mad Pride

On television, there’s really only a couple of stories available for themes of mental disorder or mental illness. There’s the crazy psycho, who has schizophrenia (or just an ‘unknown mental disorder’, a la Tyler Barrol of Revenge), and is a danger to anyone and everyone they come across. They are serial killers, rapists, kidnappers… you name it. There’s the tragic guest star, who just wants to have a life but can’t because her disorder (and these characters are typically women) gets in the way. Those… are pretty much it. And a ‘crazy’ character is invariably defined by their mental issue, with few details beyond that.

Which is why Raising Hope‘s “Sheer Madness” (2.15) episode pleased me.

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The Pursuit of Appiness

I’ve been continuing my explorations into iOS (Apple’s mobile/iPod OS) apps again. Here’s what I’ve been experimenting with recently, in the app and social media place…

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TV: Womens’ Shows (On Game of Thrones and Its Many Awesome Ladies)

Once upon a time, ‘womens’ shows’ was a category of television considered with derision. Daytime soap operas, cooking shows, domestic dramas. Not high drama, full of swordfights, politics and intrigue. Not thoughtful, subtle dramas critiquing the past exploring the 1960’s advertising game.

Yet now, we have Mad Men and we have Game of Thrones.

(Spoilers for Game of Thrones‘ first season follow after the cut.)

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TELEVISION: 5 Random Shows…

Wherein I talk a little bit about five different shows, the first five that came to mind, and their best episodes…

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READING: Neil Gaiman’s “Chivalry”

The second tale fron Neil Gaiman‘s collection of short stories, Smoke and Mirrors, is multifaceted as well as entertaining. “Chivalry” is about a lot of things. Like a lot of Gaiman’s work, it’s about love. It’s about growing old, about the mundane vs the fantastic, and about perception. And above all, it’s fantastic.

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READING: Neil Gaiman’s “The Wedding Present”

Some stories, no matter how many times you’ve read them, always leave you feeling different after. Neil Gaiman’s “The Wedding Present”, hidden in the introduction to “Smoke And Mirrors”, is one such story for me. Some thoughts about the short stories after the jump…
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MUSIC: Bringer Roulettes and Playlists I (November 2007-March 2008)

From 2007-2009, I ran a music blog called The Bringer of Song under the name Alden. It was a wonderful experience, promoting music I loved while honing my ability to write, and I regret having to leave it behind when the form of music blogging I preferred became untenable. I’ll be reposting some of my better pieces of writing from that blog here. I’d hate to lose them into the ether of the endless internet.

Often I’d share a handful of connected songs, with a small blurb about why they were worthwhile listening, or with a personal story about them. Below, I share the text of most of the early ones, for those intrigued…

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MUSIC: Album Review, Alanis Morissette’s “Flavors of Entanglement” (May 2008)

From 2007-2009, I ran a music blog called The Bringer of Song under the name Alden. It was a wonderful experience, promoting music I loved while honing my ability to write, and I regret having to leave it behind when the form of music blogging I preferred became untenable. I’ll be reposting some of my better pieces of writing from that blog here. I’d hate to lose them into the ether of the endless internet.

This particular piece is my favourite album review I did for Bringer; a review of an artist I’d been listening to for a decade, both subjectively reviewing the quality of the music while also placing it in context with her previous work and her very public life. this piece ran in the The Bringer of Song on May 25, 2008…

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