Why Pop Culture Desperately Needs the Spice Girls

Originally Published on April 10th, 2014; Updated June 24th, 2014. The brightest spots in my days each week¬†happen during class periods when thought-provoking, deep discussions sprout from whatever material is being taught that particular day. Since I teach a wide array of classes, from core required Composition and Literature courses to upper-level English courses like […]

Lady Gaga Closes Roseland Ballroom, Minds Were Blown

Originally Published on April 7th, 2014; Updated on June 24th, 2014. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN: Minds Were Blown. Altered. Changed forever. On April 6th, 2014,¬†Lady Gaga performed at Roseland Ballroom, the¬†penultimate show before the iconic venue closed forever EVER. On April 7th,¬†Gaga performs the¬†final show before embarking on her artRAVE: The ARTPOP Ball tour. Arriving at […]

Zombies, Vampires, and Katniss Everdeen, Oh My!

Originally Published: October 28th, 2013; Updated June 24th, 2014 The end is nigh. The apocalypse is upon us. . The sparkly vampire, zombie, post-apocalyptic, dystopian craze is coming to an end.¬†According to an article in Publisher’s Weekly by Sue Corbett, “New Trends in YA: The Agent’s Perspective,” agents are now looking beyond paranormal and sic-fi/fantasy; […]

Will & Grace 101: How to React in Almost Any Situation

Originally Published September 16th, 2013; Updated: June 24th, 2014 As a self-respecting gay man, and pop culture commentat√≥r, naturally I have learned a lot from the oft-stereotypical, yet wildly forward-thinking-for-Network-TV-at-the-time Will & Grace. And by learned a lot, I clearly mean it’s my bible. For a very long time, it was my only real window […]

Katy Perry Is Really Just Mariah Carey’s Evil Twin, Bianca

Originally Published: September 8th, 2013; Updated: June 24th, 2014 Hasn’t anybody ever wondered where Katy Perry came from? Ok, sure, it’s kind of explained in her concert documentary Part of Me and Wikipedia,¬†but I think there’s more to this story than meets the eye. To the untrained eye, she came from nowhere in 2007 with […]