There Once Was a Poetry Book Titled “The Princess Saves Herself in this One”

The Princess Saves Herself in this One by Amanda Lovelace, published through Createspace, is a haunting exploration of the abused woman transforming into a survivor. The succinct, powerful style follows the narrative of a young girl (potentially the author) as she experiences various tragedies throughout Read More …

[Review] The Girl Before

Unfolding like a crime drama in the first few lines, this debut psychological suspense novel is full of surprises with an intriguing protagonist and surprising revelations. Clara Lawson is not your typical heroine. As the FBI breaks down the doors to her secluded home and Read More …

Unfucking Elvis: Way Down in the Jungle Room

I downloaded the comprehensive box set of all the Elvis studio albums that came out earlier in the year (talk about thankless work) and I had to refer to several different websites to even figure out what the hell each album was. When Elvis finally Read More …

[Review] BzzAgent: International Delight Simply Pure BzzCampaign

What’s the latest Bzz? It’s International Delight’s Simply Pure Coffee Creamer BzzCampaign! Find out what this Pretty Nerdy Mama thought about it! Read More …

[Preview] Pansy Division, Quite Contrary

Twenty-five years after they first burst onto the burgeoning queercore scene, Pansy Division shows that age doesn’t stop a kick-ass rock and roll band with their new album Quite Contrary. Lead by Jon Ginoli on vocals and guitars and backed with Chris Freeman on bass, Read More …

Thoughts on Big Ears: Day Two

My experience at the second day of the Big Ears Festival was sonically diverse, to say the least. After grabbing lunch, I began the day spending an hour in an installation created by  Laurie Anderson to showcase the late Lou Reed’s interest and influence in Read More …

[CREW.0 PRESENTS] Undertale 19 Finale – I regret everything

[CREW.0 PRESENTS] Undertale 19 Finale – I regret everything We finally finished our Undertale Playthrough and the ending to this run is just not how I wanted it to end. I regret everything. I need to see the other endings to this game. This one Read More …

[Faren’s Nerd Moment] My Five Favorite Songs from Halsey’s “Badlands”

  At first glance, Halsey may seem like just another hip female vocalist. I definitely thought this upon listening to the catchy “New Americana” when it first slinked onto the radio. Her vocals on the track don’t seem anything to scream about, but upon further inspection, you’ll Read More …

[Review] The Beatles Remastered: A Hard Day’s Night

  Originally featured on Medium.com/@carrickmcdonald, December 15, 2015.  The first chord of “A Hard Day’s Night” has more vitality than anything from The Beatles’ first two albums. If that’s not enough, the song also introduces a couple of recurring tropes that will appear in various Read More …

[Review] QDA: A Queer Disability Anthology

Three years after editing the poetry anthology Among the Leaves: Queer Male Poets on the Midwestern Experience, Raymond Luczak has once again put out the call for writers and artists for his latest project, QDA: A Queer Disability Anthology. Released by Squares and Rebels press, Read More …

[Review] The Tour de Compadres Indianapolis Concert

I’ve seen Switchfoot live before and loved them—they are one of those bands that I’ve enjoyed for many years and their live show was pretty solid when I saw them before. So when I got concert tickets for the Tour de Compadres show for my Read More …

[Review] The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (Part 1: First Impressions)

I’ll admit that I haven’t been a fan of CD Projekt Red’s Witcher franchise from its start. I didn’t play the original, and only very recently started flying through the second on my Xbox 360 in order to try and understand what would be going Read More …

[Review] Eyes Wide Open Provides a Good Introduction to Environmental Concerns

I don’t like bees. I’m also not a huge fan of nonfiction, so you can imagine my dread as the first paragraph of Paul Fleischman’s new book, Eyes Wide Open: Going Behind the Environmental Headlines, talks about dead bees on Fleischman’s driveway. I guess I Read More …