Author's Note: This is hopefully the first of several book review essays that I intend to publish this month. We'll see if I keep to that. Joe Abercrombie is, without a doubt, one of the most interesting voices working in the fantasy genre today. He doesn't have the name value of Brandon Sanderson, or George … Continue reading Book Review: The Wisdom of Crowds by Joe Abercrombie
I've tried to write this review several times over the year or so since I've started this blog. At first, I wanted to delay the writing it of because if I started by writing a review of my favorite book, then where would I go from there? I figured that I would hold off on … Continue reading Quarantined Review – The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
Museums are often celebrated for creating a sense of time and place but it's rare that we use them to recreate a moment of time with more specificity. Last year, I wrote about the Discovery of Tut, an entire exhibit built around the moment that Howard Carter muttered the words "I see wonderful things." This … Continue reading Paris 1900: City of Entertainment – A Review
Well, it's that time of year again. Between May 24th and June 9th, the city of Portland, Oregon celebrated the annual Portland Rose Festival. Many folks observed the celebration by watching the famously floral Rose Parade, the second largest in the country. Others indulged in concerts, and other events through the two weeks. Come June … Continue reading So, Portland, Why Roses?
Author's Note: Sorry I haven't uploaded in a while, things have been hectic on my end. Also, this article will contain spoilers for a film that's still in theaters. You have been warned.Captain Marvel is the newest film to become part of the cinematic juggernaut that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It opened with a … Continue reading How Captain Marvel Tells an Anti-War Story with the Air Force’s Money.
I first heard about Fyre Festival when it started to trend on social media in May of 2017. To those people in the know, this was the second time that the music festival had gone viral on Twitter and Instagram, and unlike the first time it was not a good thing. Like so many other … Continue reading Movie Review – Fyre: The Greatest Festival that Never Happened
Hooray! Huzzah! Finally! It's so done! The year that has felt like a decade, 2018, has finally come to a close. It's been a rough one for a lot of people and I'm not gonna lie, I'm in that particular crowd. This year hasn't exactly been my favorite one. But it wasn't all bad. I … Continue reading Looking Back – The Best of 2018
Author's Note: As stated elsewhere, I am a regular volunteer at the Portland Art Museum (PAM). On Saturday the 12th of October, 2018, the Portland Art Museum opened the doors onto its newest Featured Exhibit: Poetic Imagination in Japanese Art. The entire featured exhibit is brought to us from the collection of Mary and Cheney … Continue reading PAM’s Newest is a Story of Artistic History
Michael Lewis' newest nonfiction book gets its title about 70 pages in. A Department of Energy risk officer is discussing the various different avenues for disaster at the department. Given that the DOE oversees the nation's entire stock of nuclear weapons, and the materials used to make them, risk is at the forefront of the … Continue reading Book Review: The Fifth Risk by Michael Lewis
King Tutankhamun's visage looms large over the entrance to OMSI. It's a fitting introduction to the most famous pharaoh in history. In death, King Tutankhamun has been made larger than life despite being a minor player in history himself. The boy king was at one time something of a "lost Pharaoh," before the rediscovery of … Continue reading OMSI’s Exhibit on King Tut Aims to Ignite the Spark of Discovery.