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A Brief History of Opinions

Imagine the most inconsequential despair possible. Something more trivial than your perennial hometown contender losing in the playoffs and less life-altering than the HOV lane being closed. Such a moment happened to me on Hollywood Boulevard at 2:51 pm, one week ago. The offense? An FYC billboard had deigned to incorrectly use the word ‘masterpiece’. […]

Back to Church

Right off the bat, I’d like to stress that at no point will this be an exercise in comparative moral lifestyles, one ideology being better or worse than another, or discovering capital-T Truth through God. Frankly I still don’t care for the Old Testament. Contemporary Christian music still feels like an abscess in my ears. […]

The Viewer-Critic

A little over two years ago, I remember standing in a Trader Joe’s, not really looking for anything. I had just had a semi-long conversation about what theatergoers want nowadays and maybe I was looking for the sustenance that the upsetting talk did not provide. It was a conversation about the relentless amounts of unqualified […]

Jay Z – The Divorce Album

Important news: I was fortunate enough to personally receive legit, 100% totally real sample lyrics from Jay Z’s upcoming response to Lemonade. Enjoy! Track 01 – All de Money (Alimony) Comin for my paper Boy should notta got her Wifed up for life up Late with the lawyers who tryin to destroy us In the […]

We Breached the Zeitgeist and Disappeared

The principle of ‘top billing’ has melded into many shapes throughout music history. The ancestor of so many descendingly fonted -palooza posters is, of course, the marquee hung letter by letter in front of bright white lights, or maybe even as far back as the town crier. Regardless, the reason a band gets the nod […]

Existing As Ethos: A Political Essay

Watching John Oliver’s latest segment about televangelists got me thinking about the bizarre GOP debate, ethos, and existing in general. Almost none of this really goes back to religion at all; in fact I’d like to start with: starting. Oliver did his typical takedown of a broad injustice in the world and by now has […]

A Brief History of Opinions

01 July 2016

Imagine the most inconsequential despair possible. Something more trivial than your perennial hometown contender losing in the playoffs and less life-altering than the HOV lane being closed. Such a moment happened to me on Hollywood Boulevard at 2:51 pm, one week ago. The offense? An FYC billboard had deigned to incorrectly use the word ‘masterpiece’. […]

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Back to Church

17 May 2016

Right off the bat, I’d like to stress that at no point will this be an exercise in comparative moral lifestyles, one ideology being better or worse than another, or discovering capital-T Truth through God. Frankly I still don’t care for the Old Testament. Contemporary Christian music still feels like an abscess in my ears. […]

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The Viewer-Critic

27 April 2016

A little over two years ago, I remember standing in a Trader Joe’s, not really looking for anything. I had just had a semi-long conversation about what theatergoers want nowadays and maybe I was looking for the sustenance that the upsetting talk did not provide. It was a conversation about the relentless amounts of unqualified […]

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Jay Z – The Divorce Album

25 April 2016

Important news: I was fortunate enough to personally receive legit, 100% totally real sample lyrics from Jay Z’s upcoming response to Lemonade. Enjoy! Track 01 – All de Money (Alimony) Comin for my paper Boy should notta got her Wifed up for life up Late with the lawyers who tryin to destroy us In the […]

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We Breached the Zeitgeist and Disappeared

08 April 2016

The principle of ‘top billing’ has melded into many shapes throughout music history. The ancestor of so many descendingly fonted -palooza posters is, of course, the marquee hung letter by letter in front of bright white lights, or maybe even as far back as the town crier. Regardless, the reason a band gets the nod […]

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Existing As Ethos: A Political Essay

24 August 2015

Watching John Oliver’s latest segment about televangelists got me thinking about the bizarre GOP debate, ethos, and existing in general. Almost none of this really goes back to religion at all; in fact I’d like to start with: starting. Oliver did his typical takedown of a broad injustice in the world and by now has […]

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The Cultural Space Occupied By Lana Del Rey

23 June 2015

Lana Del Rey seems to be an artist whose music provokes overly long dissections like these, while paradoxically being an artist who wouldn’t read them if payed. She’s our closest modern example of Led Zeppelin, in that her borrowing is explicit enough to become an entirely new art. I named my hypothetical band Ana Yell […]

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Ranking Corpsifications in Denver (Part 2)

22 June 2015

THE COLORADO AVALANCHE 2015 RECORD: 39-31-12 Credit where it’s due, the Avalanche know how to keep fan support on the level. Whereas the Philadelphia 76ers just blatantly acquire future “value”, the Avalanche take stock of their current team and spin it, time and time and time again. We aren’t “tanking” this season, we’re always “developing”. […]

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Wait, Are They *Dead* Dead: Ranking Corpsifications In Denver

17 June 2015

PART 1 of 2: Colorado Rockies and Denver Nuggets There has been an awakening in the Force. Have you felt it? …No? Okay, welcome to the Mile High City! Some might say I’m writing this because I feel a debt is owed to the three friends who read my sports articles and I’m churning them […]

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A Quick Reading Check-In

10 June 2015

It seems contradictory to say I have had no time to update this website and also to write about all the books I’ve since read for pleasure. Oh well. I’m just glad to be back. Unlike my normal reading patterns, I can probably explain why I went from one to the next. The Count of […]

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About the Author

Chris O'Toole (Colorado State '12, Chapman '15) recently finished a Screenwriting MFA. He has written for Livestrong, CBS, and other publications. Love, hate, and job offers can be sent to: otool102@mail.chapman.edu

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