Richard Edwards – “Verdugo” review

The fact that Richard Edwards isn’t a household name hurts my heart. He is one of the most poetically talented writers producing music and has been for over a decade. His second official solo effort, Verdugo, is the perfect follow up to last year’s Lemon Cotton Candy Sunset. It’s bolder, stronger, fuller.

Joseph Cassara illuminates the rise of drag culture in ‘The House of Impossible Beauties’

I was looking for a specific type of book in the summer of 2017. I asked the subreddit Suggest Me a Book “History of Drag. Any suggestions? Not biographies. But a cultural/sociological look into Drag Queen history and such. Thanks!” I wanted a definitive history to read like explored in the documentary Paris is Burning.… Read More Joseph Cassara illuminates the rise of drag culture in ‘The House of Impossible Beauties’

‘Lemon Cotton Candy Sunset’ is a vulnerable masterpiece

[Read my feature “Richard Edwards Reborn” for an in-depth look at the album from musician himself.] For nearly a decade, Richard Edwards released music as a band called Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s. Don’t be fooled; he was the band. The players came in on different albums to help, but he was always… Read More ‘Lemon Cotton Candy Sunset’ is a vulnerable masterpiece

Gambino grows up: ‘Awaken, My Love!’ reviewed

Donald Glover’s artistry blossomed in recent years. It might have been an existential crisis in a hotel around the release of Childish Gambino’s Because the Internet in 2013. It might have been that he was finally allowed to write and act his own thoughts instead of helping Tina Fey on 30 Rock or playing Dan Harmon’s affable… Read More Gambino grows up: ‘Awaken, My Love!’ reviewed

‘This is Us’ proves cable dramas need explosive acting; not explosive CGI

Here is a confession that I should just get out of the way right now. I cried five minutes into NBC’s This is Us. Not a full fledged ugly cry. Just a little swelling of tears. I’m not sure what that says about me. That I’m not manly? That I appreciate cliched tropes? That this… Read More ‘This is Us’ proves cable dramas need explosive acting; not explosive CGI

‘Mr. Splitfoot’ by Samantha Hunt reviewed

[ release date: January 5, 2016 via Houghton Mifflin Harcourt] Samantha Hunt’s latest novel, Mr. Splitfoot, is an enchanting modern gothic ghost story. The most memorable aspect of the novel Hunt’s ability to bring to life this story that primarily deals with the dead. Her prose makes the characters feel alive, and, even though there… Read More ‘Mr. Splitfoot’ by Samantha Hunt reviewed