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Writes: culture, humor, fiction, life. EIC of FanFare. Top Writer, Big Nerd.

I write on a variety of topics, most of it is filtered through a pop culture lens. I also run FanFare, one of Medium’s largest pop culture sites.

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9x Top Writer. Pop Culture Geek. Gamer. All-Around Nerd.

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I was born 9 months after Star Wars premiered in 1977, which naturally suggests my mom’s womb quickened on its own after she saw the film. I get it — these movies make me feel things too. …


Winter came and it was all bullshit

Image: HBO

The teaser trailer for the first Game of Thrones (GOT) spin-off dropped last week. I watched it a few days later, just the once. While the trailer strives to evoke the same sense of mystery and wonder that pervaded GOT, I found myself completely unmoved. I’m not alone in that…


Based on watching them actually play

Image: Wizards of the Coast

Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) is not really a game you can win. So it may seem silly to rank players — by what metric shall we assign greatness? Character level? Degree of roleplay? Witty one-liners?

I’ve ranked the players according to the only measure that truly matters: was their game…


Ennui, the modern condition, and the rebirth of the Matrix franchise

Our hero in therapy, naturally. Warner Bros

So the trailer for Matrix 4 dropped, and while it raises a good many questions — including such minor ones as how the shit are Neo and Trinity alive — the thing that struck me most was how deliberately familiar it feels. …


There is no such thing as obscurity any more

The face of a man who knows he’s going to regret this one day. Image: iStock
Spoiler free because I haven't even seen Shang-Chi yet.

I’m a big fan of Kim’s Convenience. So when it was announced that Simu Liu was joining the MCU, I was super pumped. Simu is funny and definitely has the look of a superhero. …


My favorite ones anyway

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Spoilers for Avengers: Endgame, Cobra Kai, Harry Potter, and some older movies you should’ve seen years ago.

I love learning about iconic movie moments that were a result of spur-of-the-moment ingenuity. Is it any coincidence that many of these moments are the best parts of their respective films?

I compiled…


Thunderdome

“I helped this old lady and she bought me a churro.”

I’m pretty sure I have the cutest team too. Image: Marvel Studios
Thunderdome is a FanFare series where our writers good-naturedly debate some matter of pop culture and then leave it to the readers to decide. Read each post and vote at the bottom!

The MCU Draft explained

In many ways, a fantasy draft of MCU characters is sort of the culmination…


Thunderdome

This week, on a very special edition of Thunderdome…

Image: Marvel Studios
Thunderdome is a FanFare series where our writers good-naturedly debate some matter of pop culture and then leave it to the readers to decide. 

Thunderdome tomorrow will be a bit unorthodox. Last week, I roped Paul Combs, Simon Dillon, and John Bullock into joining me for a MCU Fantasy Draft…


No thanks I’d rather not

Photo by Ugur Arpaci on Unsplash

Abraham Lincoln has a famous quote about cutting down a tree: ‘give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe’.

Four hours!? I get that they didn’t have the Internet in Abe’s day, that electricity and soap were novelties, but…

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