there are some people who turn to music in difficult times to raise their spirits. whether it’s pharell’s dictatorial insistence that we all be happy in the face of unspeakable evils, walk the moon’s fable that a strange woman will drag you onto the dancefloor and out of your malaise…


Since moving to New York in 2015, I get asked all the time by friends passing through the city, “What should I do while I’m in town?” With my (multiple) years of experience, I can inform these friends that the things tourists typically choose to do in the city are…


Screenshot from “The Witness” (2016)

The games of indie developer Jonathan Blow aren’t typically considered funny, but he did put one great hidden joke in his latest release, first-person-puzzle-em-up The Witness: the shift button.

The runaway success of Blow’s previous release, 2008’s time-bending Braid, established him as the closest thing the indie game community has…


Jurassic World, the latest entry into the classic Jurassic Park film series, currently hovers around a 70% approval rating on RottenTomatoes, with reviewers calling its characters “paper thin,” it’s story “re-used dinosaurs and re-used plot,” and “afraid of anything new or original.” …

Aaron Z. Best

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