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The Viewer-Critic Jay Z We Breached the Zeitgeist and Disappeared Existing As Ethos: A Political Essay The Cultural Space Occupied By Lana Del Rey Ranking Corpsifications in Denver (Part 2)
 

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 […]

The Cultural Space Occupied By Lana Del Rey

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 […]

Ranking Corpsifications in Denver (Part 2)

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”. […]

You Look Like: The Three Words Slowly Defining Pop Culture

23 July 2014

Bets you will never see at a Vegas Sportsbook for lack of house odds: ‘Michael Sam verbally bullied before Week 12’, ‘Shia LaBeouf crashes Oscars drunk with anti-celebrity manifesto’, and ‘New Seth Rogen vehicle to include insult humor beginning with ‘You look like ____’. (Close cousins rarely seen today would be ‘Celebrity X called, he/she […]

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An Alternate Perspective On Sexism and Racism In Movies

01 May 2014

93 percent. If you are even tangentially related to the film industry, you hear that number and think ‘the percent of Major Oscars which haven’t gone to minorities or women’. When a fact as glaring as that exists, it’s all hands on deck to try and rectify the environment of filmmaking. But, I believe, the […]

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A-Rod Blew It

07 February 2014

Surprisingly, we’re not discussing his batting in October, nor his treatment of the fans, or his “respect for the game”. Alex Rodriguez, the most unlikable player on the most villainous team, had the chance to impact baseball in a positive way. He gave up that chance this morning. Right now we approach steroids the way […]

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Things I’ll Miss Complaining About If The Broncos Win The Super Bowl

23 January 2014

The Super Bowl. We made it. Time to do some inventory. Things I’ll Miss Complaining About If The Broncos Win The Super Bowl How no one appreciated the above-averageness of Jake Plummer. How everyone was a little too sold on Jay Cutler as a playmaker. Josh McDaniels. Just, yeah. McDaniels. How everyone emphasized Brandon Marshall […]

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The Huge, Negligible Problems With S.

21 January 2014

The book-lover in me wants you to disregard the title of this piece. What Doug Dorst and J.J.  Abrams set out to do is something I’ve long been waiting for, without knowing that I’ve been waiting for it. Correspondence via marginalia. How could the idea have eluded so many? Sure, characters have bonded over an […]

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Short Film Review: The Last Farm

18 December 2013

For context, here is the movie in its entirety: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oh7sQ4hPnyk The Last Farm explores many themes – such as dignity, vanity, pride, and self-worth – while saying very few words at all. The film’s focus on Hrafn, an old man who has recently lost his wife but refuses to tell anyone, powerfully demonstrates that how we […]

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Sponsored Content: What Are Adobe Certification Exams Good For?

26 November 2013

Adobe Certification Exams are good for many things. They can help your career immensely, and they show you definitively that you have the skills necessary to succeed. Knowing what Adobe Certification Exams are good for is the first step to deciding to take them. Freelance Work The Adobe certifications that you can get from these exams can […]

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Brief Review: The Catcher in the Rye and Sestinas

25 September 2013

I finally read The Catcher In The Rye. Now where do I put the bodies? Lost in myriad slayings, the force behind it being the pop culture phenomenon it is today, was the importance of its poetic refrain. This book is not about changing the world, with or without a sniper rifle, but rather the […]

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20 Probable Front Page CNN Headlines

29 August 2013

CHAOTIC WEATHER STRIKES EASTERN U.S. Yesterday was 79 degrees. Today… 81.  U.S. BANKING SECTOR IN TURMOIL Free checking to be slightly restricted for Wells Fargo customers  OBAMA UNDER FIRE FROM CRITICS That suit looked a little cheap, Barry. U.S. CITIZENS DEMAND NEW CHANGE ‘Fuck pennies,’ many report.  WAR ERUPTS IN MIDDLE EAST Here’s an article from […]

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Mega-Book Mini-Reviews

26 August 2013

Um, so I had some spare time while I was in China. How much spare time? Here are some reviews from my reading list last year. The Brothers Karamazov A feeling of enormous jealousy comes over me every time a friend posts “Person/Thing X is my spirit animal,” especially when it’s true. I should have […]

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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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