PBS’ Great American Read: A Question Necessary to Ask But Impossible to Answer

How do we define “the best” anything? Should we only call something “the best” if it is everyone’s favorite? Or is it the best if scholars and experts say it is? There’s a classic rock station in the New York area that I really love – Q1043 – that has an annual countdown the week… Continue reading PBS’ Great American Read: A Question Necessary to Ask But Impossible to Answer

Solo: A Star Wars Story WILL BE A TRIUMPH | Citation Needed

With Solo: A Star Wars Story (great title, by the way) coming out soon, it’s time to take a look at the divide that’s going on with Hollywood Blockbusters. Young, quirky, weird directors are taking over Hollywood and it’s not right. I think it’s high time that such directors step aside and let the real Hollywood titans… Continue reading Solo: A Star Wars Story WILL BE A TRIUMPH | Citation Needed

Content versus Commentary: Exposition in Dystopian Storytelling

Dystopia fiction will make you think about the world in ways that other fiction simply can’t. They tell riveting stories of authoritarianism and censorship and class struggles that resonate with the readers because of the way it reminds us of our worst political fears. And perhaps, no story does this better than George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four.… Continue reading Content versus Commentary: Exposition in Dystopian Storytelling

Did a Hashtag Contribute to Infinity War’s Success?

This post WILL NOT discuss the events at the end of Avengers: Infinity War, but that likely wouldn’t be an issue, as the box office numbers seem to suggest that you’ve most likely seen it anyway. On Monday, we learned that it beat the record previously held by Star Wars: The Force Awakens for biggest opening weekend. On… Continue reading Did a Hashtag Contribute to Infinity War’s Success?