Category: Nerdom

Elon Musk and Victor Frankenstein

Waking up Saturday morning, trying to decide whether to stay in bed or begin checking off my to-do list, I picked up my phone and scrolled through the news app. A New York Times interview with Elon Musk topped trending stories, a frank confession of the Tesla CEO’s recent downward spiral due to overworking and ...

Completing Jane Austen’s Six

I read part of Pride and Prejudice in high school and it did nothing for me. I watched the BBC mini-series in my British Literature class and I thought, Okay, dancing, letter writing, guy bathing… entertaining enough, but not worth examining outside of class. Years later, during my last year of college, I finally decided ...

PBS’ Little Women Review

  PBS’ three-episode miniseries of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women came to a finale over the weekend, originally airing on BBC in December. I have a personal connection to Alcott’s classic, inspired by her own life, which I have previously discussed on this blog. The Oscar nominated 1994 film adaptation of the book, starring Winona ...

Lost in Space Season One Review

Netflix’s 2018 Lost in Space series reboot has an episodic feel as the characters find themselves in a unique conflict each episode, similar to the 1965 original, while characters struggle with their isolation and each other throughout the season. This is a science-fiction survival story, reminiscent of The Martian, with unfolding backstories told through flashbacks, ...

Short Story Pick: “Seasons of Glass and Iron”, by Amal El–Mohtar

Amal El-Mohtar’s “Seasons of Glass and Iron” tells the tale of Tabitha, who must walk through seven pairs of iron shoes, and Amira, who sits on a throne atop a glass hill, which she cannot move from. Each woman lives in her own personal prison, but life gets a little brighter when they happen to ...

The Mirror of Erised: What is Your Heart’s Desire?

The Mirror of Erised presents one of the most notable and symbolic moments in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Harry stumbles upon the mirror one night, stowed in an unused classroom. When he looks in the mirror, he finds the image of is parents standing with him. Returning night after night to view the ...

Beryl Markham’s West with the Night: A Tale of Africa and Aviation

Reading Beryl Markham’s memoir West with the Night, I was swept up in a fantasy of a dream life in early 20th century Kenya. The book paints images of a childhood running through the farms and plains of Africa, hunting with indigenous people of the region, an independent young adulthood as a horse trainer and ...

Van Gogh Painting or Newly Processed Images of Jupiter?

NASA’s Juno mission has been sending raw images of Jupiter in a series of flybys since July 2016. The mission has relied on the public to process and edit and even get creative with these raw images from the JunoCam. So far, that delivery has resulted in something quite unique and beautiful since their first ...

Most Anticipated RPGs of 2018

Kingdom Hearts III Kingdom Hearts II was released over a decade ago and fans have been waiting for the third installment of the main Kingdom Hearts story for some time. With the release of the trailer last year featuring Toy Story, we should reasonably expect the game sometime this year (though no official date has ...

“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” Season One Review: S’Wonderful, S’Marvelous

I had a to steal the title of a Gilmore Girls episode for this review’s title, which is appropriate because Amy Sherman-Palladino created both series. In The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Sherman-Palladino brings the fast, witty dialogue that she’s known for and engaging female characters. The eight episode first season of the show is available for ...