Why Vampires Will Never Go Out of Style
It may seem like vampires are having a hot minute in popular culture—or maybe a hot decade is more like it, since Stephenie Meyer’s Twilig..
An unofficial history of the flower crown
Many moons ago, in a dark era before the arrival of Uber, a winged goddess named Kelsey got lost on her way home from an off-campus costum..
What It’s Actually Like to Karaoke Bonnie Tyler’s “Total Eclipse of the Heart”
Every one of us, at some point, comes to the conclusion that it is a good idea to karaoke Bonnie Tyler’s seminal hit “Total Eclipse of the..
Live-tweeting the Disney vacation planning DVD
Your ticket to get into Disney Magic Kingdom is just a pastel polo shirt and two blonde kids
— Kelsey McDonough (@kel4000) February 13, 201..
“2001” after Kubrick: Revisiting Arthur C. Clarke’s sequels
The news last fall that Syfy is developing 3001: The Final Odyssey into a miniseries reminded the world that there are multiple sequels to..
Cindy Lou Who is Beowulf
When I explain, at length, to people why The Grinch Who Stole Christmas is a retelling of Beowulf, they always assume it’s some kind of in..
The trashiest enigma: Alex Jordan and the House on the Rock
25 years ago this month, a small airplane flew low through southern Wisconsin. As it banked over Deershelter Rock, the plane disgorged the..
I saw “Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story On Stage” with my mom
Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story On Stage isn’t particularly dirty. There is a lot of dancing, but really, it’s nothing to write home from..
Shred Your Bestsellers—Read These Books Instead
Shred The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, read Smilla’s Sense of Snow (Peter Høeg)
Forget computer hacking, Smilla Jasperson is part E..
Ten Kinds of Book People It’s Impossible to Have a Conversation With
The Book Clubber. This person can’t stop talking about The Kite Runner, The Devil in the White City, The Help, and Gone Girl. Airport ..
Too Much Sociology…or Not Enough?
“I haven’t read this yet but I feel like you will have an opinion on this,” said Becky, posting an article to my Facebook wall. She was ri..
Why Is This Lovingly Made DIY Literary Magazine So Boring?
I was recently sent a copy of a literary magazine; it’s published by a nonprofit organization, so it’s not technically do-it-yourself,..