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Rating Noel Fielding’s Great British Fashion

(Warning: Spoiler's for Noel Fielding's Outfits on Season Ten of The Great British Bake Off) This season of GBBO reached Henry James-level subtlety in its explorations of...

Of Monsters and Men

(Spoilers for Season Three of Stranger Things) In these days of late capitalism, Halloween has largely been emptied of its original significance, its marking of...

Defending Friends

When Friends premiered in 1994, I wasn’t interested. There were lots of reasons why.I had just turned 17, and was in my first semester...

Indie Oldies

This summer, I took my son Jamie, 28, to Pittsburgh to see the Lemonheads. Jamie was born in 1991 with Down syndrome; his brother...

Russian Doll’s Brain

In the second episode of Russian Doll, the Netflix series just nominated for a "Best Comedy" Emmy, the camera focuses on a strip of...

Academy Fight Song: My University in Ruins

“I’m not not not not not not not not / your academy” -Mission of Burma, “Academy Fight Song” For my generation of humanities scholars, the promise...