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  • mother!



    Part of Hoop-Tober 2017

    “I am I.”

    In 1848, Orson Squires Fowler published The Octagon House: A Home for All, or A New, Cheap, Convenient, and Superior Mode of Building, a tome dedicated to the virtues of eight-sided dwellings as opposed to the four-sided ones in which your everyday unenlightened Victorian lived. Octagonal houses had many benefits according to Fowler’s concisely titled treatise—cheaper construction, easier heating and cooling, expanded living space, increased natural light. Fowler was not a professional architect…

  • Raising Cain

    Raising Cain


    Part of Hoop-Tober 2017

    “I know what you’re going to do! It’s a bad thing and I’m gonna tell!”

    **NOTE: Because discussing its structure is necessary to any discussion of Raising Cain, spoilers inevitably follow.**

    The source of an idiom is not always clear from the idiom itself. For example, the phrase “the skin of my teeth” comes from the Book of Job, but this is not evident from the content of the phrase—no one using the saying is likely…

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  • Se7en



    Part of Hoop-Tober

    “Anyone who spends a significant amount of time with me finds me disagreeable.”


    He has taken on too much. Det. David Mills (Brad Pitt), deliberately uprooting his wife, Tracy (Gwyneth Paltrow), from upstate and dragging her to this lurid hellhole, all out of a naïve desire to save the world. So much ambition, he nearly chokes on it. So much chatter, he sucks all the air from the room.

    Det. William Somerset (Morgan Freeman) long ago…

  • Nightcrawler



    “On TV it looks so real.”

    The chonmage was a traditional Japanese male hairstyle, usually associated with the samurai of the Edo period. Consisting of long hair oiled and tied into a topknot (commonly with the top of the head shaved), it is the formal name of what might colloquially be called the “samurai bun.” While it began as a practical device—the knot was used to hold the samurai’s helmet in place—it eventually became a status symbol in Japanese culture,…