Over the past year or so, I have begun to embrace my inner technology geek. I now regularly check tech-oriented websites like The Verge and Wired. I follow YouTube channels devoted to drop-testing $800 phones. I look up predictions regarding the rumored bells and whistles of tech giants’ future devices. In all of this tech... Continue Reading →
To the Bernie Sanders supporters who did not vote for Hillary Clinton in 2016: you are responsible for the confirmation of a misogynistic, belligearent, entitled, hard-line conservative, serial sexual abuser to the nation's highest court. Brett Kavanaugh is your doing. Following the 2016 election, I urged my fellow Clinton supporters not to attack those who... Continue Reading →
In 1991, the U.S. Senate reopened its hearings on President Bush's nominee for the Supreme Court, Clarence Thomas, after a private FBI interview leaked to the press. The interviewee: Anita Hill, a lawyer and former employee of Thomas's. Hill testified to the Senate panel that Thomas had sexually harassed her in the early 1980s while... Continue Reading →
On August 26th, 2016, at the third game of the 49ers' preseason, then-quarterback Colin Kaepernick chose not to stand for the national anthem. In an interview after the game, Kaepernick explained his decision: "I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people... Continue Reading →
Today was a good day for America. For Donald Trump and company? Not so much. In what was possibly the worst single day in an administration bursting with scandals, two of Trump's former longtime advisers went to court to receive criminal charges or convictions. A jury in Virginia found Paul Manafort Jr., Trump's original campaign manager, guilty on eight of eighteen total counts of tax and bank fraud that are likely to carry a prison sentence of seven to ten years.
June 4th's Supreme Court decision in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case is a disgrace. The Court ruled 7-2 in favor of shop owner Jack Phillips, who refused to bake a wedding cake for David Mullins and Charlie Craig in 2012. Justice Anthony Kennedy penned the majority opinion, joined by Justices Kagan, Roberts, Breyer, Alito, Gorsuch and... Continue Reading →
I feel morally obligated to warn you, dear reader, that below there lies a nest of spoilers regarding Avengers: Infinity War, but chances are you have already seen this movie. It did, after all, make a record $258 million in its opening weekend and has already crossed $1 billion at the international box office.... Continue Reading →
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Last week, HBO released the trailer for the second season of Westworld, the hit science-fiction series whose first season broke records for the network and captured the attention of millions of viewers, including me. I first watched Westworld on a flight to Germany last summer. I didn’t know much about the show going in, but... Continue Reading →
In its opening weekend, Marvel Studios’ Black Panther instantly became the highest-grossing February release in history, the 5th-biggest opening weekend of all time, the highest-grossing movie with an black director, and the highest-grossing movie with a predominantly black cast. Those last two are particularly important. Hollywood has long shied away from casting minority actors and... Continue Reading →
On the night of Sunday, March 4th, one of nine films will be crowned Best Picture of 2018 at the 90th Academy Awards. It’s a tight race — many pundits say it’s one of the toughest to call in years. The problem? Not many of the nominees are very good, and even fewer are truly... Continue Reading →
Fox News headline reads “Sex scandal boomerang: is the left ready for a Bill Clinton reckoning?” Maybe it is time to talk about the allegations against Bill. But that’s not what bothers me about that headline. It’s their choice of words—“sex scandal.” The firestorm unleashed by the Harvey Weinstein revelations and the #MeToo movement is... Continue Reading →
BEWARE OF SPOILERS! When I saw the original Blade Runner about a year ago, I had high expectations. My fellow film fanatics worshipped it as a hallmark of the sci-fi genre. They raved about the unique visual style, the storytelling, and the big, existential questions it asked. I was ready to be amazed. But I... Continue Reading →
A couple years ago, I had a brief stint in the emergency room of the Philadelphia children's hospital. It wasn't anything serious; they sent me on my way after awhile with a dose of antibiotic and an Elmo band-aid (not my idea) on my arm. But what was staggering, when it arrived in the mail a few... Continue Reading →
In the maelstrom of despicable, outlandish, and destructive things Trump has said and continues to say, I think some of his scarier sentiments have gone largely unnoticed. One that rattled me especially came in one of the Republican debates: Trump's declaration regarding immigration that "Here we speak English," which I consider the perfect representation of his blatant... Continue Reading →