Thoughts on Star Wars—Episode VIII: The Last Jedi (UNFINISHED)

NB (1/1/20): I started writing this two years ago and never finished it and now some of my thoughts and questions are irrelevant, but it has some good writing in it and I'm proud of the work, so I'm backdating it. ‾\_(ツ)_/‾ The Last Jedi has been thinkpieced to death already. I meant to finish this post, like, a month ago, but unfortunately I've been buried under an avalanche of work, and throwing away all of this work[note]It's a lot of work. My notes alone clocked in at five thousand words.[/note] would probably kill me, so even if nobody reads it, at least I know it's seen the light of day. I made a second post about my general observations and things I really liked or that caught my eye; check here for that stuff. Obviously, there will be spoilers for The Last Jedi and other films in the saga, but if you haven't seen it by now, that's sort of your fault, isn't it? (more…)

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The Best of 2017 (in Pop Culture, Anyway)

In 2014, I sent my old LiveJournal gently into that good night, and since then I haven't really had an outlet for keeping track of the good things in my life. Sure, I could journal by hand, and I do have one that I write in from time to time, but a) it's mostly for personal stuff, and b) it's mostly about stuff that bums me out. Plus, you can't put fun stuff like GIFs or videos or music in a written journal. The point is, I've missed writing and I thought it would be nice to have a positive reason for doing so. In that spirit, here's a giant list of the best things about 2017—things I saw, things I did, and things that just made me happy. (more…)

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