Adventures in (Post) Gradland

Thoughts on life after the PhD

Childhood’s End: Finding Meaning in The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance

The story goes that one of the first screenings of The Dark Crystal for suited investors went very, very badly. After the credits rolled and the lights came up, there … Continue reading

September 16, 2019 · 2 Comments

Best of 2018

Hey there, blog that I update like twice a year! At least this time I’m actually getting my “best of” list out before January. Movies Managed to watch 69 movies … Continue reading

December 30, 2018 · Leave a comment

Stuff to Read / Watch / Listen to

There’s horrible stuff going on everywhere right now, so maybe we all need some good media to consume. Here’s some stuff I’ve been reading / watching / listening to lately … Continue reading

May 20, 2018 · Leave a comment

Best of 2017, Part 2: Movies

I really slacked on the movie-watching this year—in 2016 I managed to watch 73 movies, but in 2017 I only made it to 47. Chalk it up to a new … Continue reading

February 1, 2018 · Leave a comment

Best of 2017: Part 1

I let something happen in 2017 that I swore I wouldn’t let happen—I got numb to all the horrible stuff that was happening in the world. And I realize I’m … Continue reading

January 30, 2018 · Leave a comment

Who Owns Aokigahara?

As you may have heard, recently a YouTuber named Logan Paul thought it’d be cool to film himself and some friends looking at the body of a suicide victim that … Continue reading

January 2, 2018 · 8 Comments

Do the Right Thing

There are so many things to say about the Weinstein affair–about how we shouldn’t shame accusers for not coming forward sooner, about how this kind of behavior is not unique … Continue reading

October 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Post-Mass Shooting Checklist

Phase 1 1. Messages about shock and heartbreak, confusion about who did it and why. 2. Overall sense of familiar dread and helplessness, messages of disbelief from people who live … Continue reading

October 3, 2017 · 3 Comments

Music Memories to Chill Your Bones

A little trip down Music Memory lane… Growing up in Austin in the 1980s, I participated, with tons of other children, in the Music Memory program. In a typical year … Continue reading

June 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

Best of 2016

Is 2016 fucking over yet? I said recently that my pre-election social mediaverse looked like that sweet first date video camera footage that they accidentally recorded an alien apocalypse over … Continue reading

December 30, 2016 · 2 Comments