This was supposed to be a sort of “Passover update” post, but that time has passed! As it stands now, in the counting of the Omer, we are closer to Shavuot, the holiday that commemorates Gd giving the Ten Commandments to the Israelites at Mount Sinai. It’s a narrative, see, starting at one place (slavery … More Wandering to Sinai, 5781
Well, first of all, on this blog, I’m still talking about season 5, even though the last episode aired over a month ago! 😛 So there’s that! To backtrack, I’ll bring up an entirely personal anecdote. I have tried several times to get my dad interested in watching The Expanse. I tried with season 1, … More What Makes Season 5 of “The Expanse” Different from the Rest of “The Expanse”?
In case it’s not obvious…warning for spoilers! 😛 The penultimate episode this year, “Winnipesaukee,” left most Expanse characters in a very precarious position. How could Naomi (Dominique Tipper) ensure that the Razorback not get too close to the Chetzemoka AND save her own life? How would Holden (Steven Strait) and the new crew survive Marco’s … More What do the Character Endings for “The Expanse” Season 5 Tell us about People?
Rolling out my beginning-of-year blogging tradition! It’s time to talk about Jewish Italy! To say it was an unprecedented year feels like an understatement. I found a variety of coronavirus-related Italian stories back near the beginning of the year, when numbers were high in the country. Other than that…not so much going on! An obligatory … More 2020: A Look Back at Jewish Italy
Midpoint Check In for “The Expanse” Season 5; Warning for Spoilers! In May of 2015, the Mary Sue, a feminist, ladies-run fandom blog, announced that they would no longer be covering Game of Thrones, then in its fifth season. Their reasoning? A plotline involving the rape of a major character, Sansa Stark. They wrote: In … More The Expanse: Naomi Nagata and Gendered Victimhood
WARNING: Spoilers for all aired episodes of “His Dark Materials” and the first two books! After writing three posts about season one, this one post about season two of His Dark Materials feels a little lackluster. 😛 But honestly, I think this season might be stronger over all! 😮 At the very least, it seems … More Lyra Explores New Worlds and New Relationships in “His Dark Materials” Season 2 (plus some “Expanse” at the end)
Fourth and Final Post of #NaNoBlogMo 2020! I’ll admit right now that I’m not the hugest fan of philosophy. So I might be missing something with regards to what Suzanne Collins tried to accomplish in her Hunger Games prequel. In an interview in back of the Barnes & Noble edition, Collins asserts “I think we’ve … More The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes: The Social Contract
Songwriter Emma Lee performs “The Ballad of Lucy Gray Baird” on YouTube Third Post of #NaNoBlogMo 2020! It’s been a contentious point in some of the reviews, I think. They say that Suzanne Collins was pleasing herself too much by including so many folk songs. I don’t get it. This is a speculative fiction novel! … More The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes: Lucy Gray’s Folk Songs
Second Post of #NaNoBlogMo 2020! The Hunger Games prequel was, in a lot of ways, about debunking the myths of The Hunger Games. One of the first and most historical ways of doing this was by attacking the myth of the Capitol. When we think of the Capitol from Suzanne Collins’s original series, we think … More The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes: The Price of War
First post of #NaNoBlogMo 2020! Just a few days ago, I settled down to write my official picks for the opening round of the 2020 GoodReads Choice Awards. But the fun doesn’t end there! Here’s my chance to look at the official contenders on the ballots, and give my thoughts and impressions. The first round … More Chava’s Footsteps: GoodReads Choice Awards 2020: Predictions and Standouts