A Funny Thing Happened on My Way to See LADY BIRD

  So I went to see Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird in theaters the other day, and my trip to the movie coincided with what feels like a significant moment in my movie-watching / media-consuming decision-making process. But first, a bit of background… I teach high school media studies classes. One of the classes I’ve envisioned, and … Continue reading A Funny Thing Happened on My Way to See LADY BIRD

A Brief Post on the Bicentenary of the Birth of Bahá’u’lláh

I had originally posted the following as a Facebook status update, but thought I'd post it here as well to give it a more permanent home. The last few weeks have felt so busy and emotionally draining that I haven’t had a real chance to fully contemplate on the enormity of what this weekend means … Continue reading A Brief Post on the Bicentenary of the Birth of Bahá’u’lláh

Reflections on the Eve of Your Ninth Birthday

This post was originally published on my PhDadBlog. Man! It's been a long time since I've updated this blog! Tomorrow, my oldest turns 9. Nine years ago tomorrow, I became a father. In honor of this occasion, I thought I'd write down some thoughts and reflections on fatherhood. Surprisingly, when I sat down to write, my … Continue reading Reflections on the Eve of Your Ninth Birthday

Netflix’s Iron Fist and the Failed Expectations of Chinese Martial Arts Cinema

So I’m finally getting around to Iron Fist (I’m only 6 episodes in at the time of this writing) and I think I’ve come to certain realizations. Episode 6, in particular, helped crystallize a lot of the thoughts that were bubbling and percolating in my head throughout the first five episodes. Let’s start with the … Continue reading Netflix’s Iron Fist and the Failed Expectations of Chinese Martial Arts Cinema

I’m Tired of People Being “Ripped,” “Schooled,” “Skewered,” “Shut Down,” and “Destroyed” for Their Ignorance

It seems like I can’t go more than a day or two without seeing another video of someone being “ripped,” “schooled,” “destroyed,” or “shut down" after saying some racist, misogynistic, hateful, or otherwise ignorant thing. There are whole shows that are practically dedicated to this kind of content. And you watch it. Because you want … Continue reading I’m Tired of People Being “Ripped,” “Schooled,” “Skewered,” “Shut Down,” and “Destroyed” for Their Ignorance