Sara Bareilles: Brave

Sara Bareilles is easily one of my favorite working musicians today. I particularly enjoy the way her music swings between really sad songs like “Gravity” and poppy, anthemic songs like “Brave” above. “Uncharted” was my jam when I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with my life a couple years ago.  I’ve seen … Continue reading

Glee: Shooting Star

Oh, Glee. Why do you do the things you do? I’m going to be brief on this because it’s been talked about a lot already, but I think there’s something really complicated and frustrating about how Glee‘s school shooting episode, “Shooting Star,” played out. First of all, they did an episode about a school shooting. … Continue reading

Gender Matters: Girl Up and Inclusive Feminism

Today I am headed to the Gender Matters Conference at DePaul University in Chicago. I am super excited, because this conference looks fantastic. Highlights include a keynote by J. Jack Halberstam about Gaga Feminism (see explanation of Gaga Feminism), there’s also going to be a one-woman comedy, “Booby Trap,” about surviving breast cancer, and a … Continue reading

The Evolution of April Ludgate: A Celebration

In the shadow of a looming How-the-edit-do-I-get-this-all-done-and-well breakdown, I turn to my happy place, Parks and Recreation. I’ve written before about Ron Swanson’s feminism and the growth of his character while also hinting at a post about April Ludgate. I’ve been thinking about it since January. There are many loveable characters on Parks and Recreation. … Continue reading

Rest in Peace, Roger Ebert

I have written movie reviews for a local paper since I was a sophomore in high school. When I started out, I was young and still developing my voice, so it was important to me to have role models. I took it very seriously. I checked out or bought many books of film reviews, but … Continue reading