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Why Hipsters Love to Hate “Girls”

Why Hipsters Love to Hate “Girls”

HBO’s Girls, a show about a quartet of twentysomething females of varying backgrounds, attributes and problems, has been a touchstone of rabid criticisms since it first aired. Now approaching its third season (just finished shooting), that criticism is unlikely to abate. A show that is lacking in ethnic diversity, replete with affluent characters mired in victimhood, and droll relationships to boot, has plenty going against it. However, there’s particular vitriol aimed at it from that segment of the demographic that it’s meant to represent. Girls is set in Brooklyn, which today is largely populated by so-called hipsters—fashion...

True Blood’s Tangled Web of Relationships, and How to Keep Them All Straight (or Not-So-Straight)

True Blood’s Tangled Web of Relationships, and How to Keep Them All Straight (or Not-So-Straight)

If you’re anything like me, the True Blood season 6 trailers are just making you itch for more. It’s been a long hiatus between seasons, and us Truebies crave new episodes like a vampire craves some good ol’ bottled O-Neg. The wait is almost over, but before we start a new season of blood, sex, and intrigue it helps to look back on all the important things that have happened between our favorite characters. I’m talking, of course, of relationships. Half the fun of True Blood is watching these relationships unfold–and sometimes get destroyed. There’s no “will they, won’t they” on this...

A Guide to the Small Council of Westeros

A Guide to the Small Council of Westeros

If you look past the dragons, sorcerers, and blood you’ll realize that Westeros is just another country trying to survive.  Much like America and many other non-fictional countries, Westeros has a small group of people that help run the country.  In America, our presidents have their respective cabinets that assist them. In Westeros, the King has a Small Council. The most recent Small Council stands as such. The Hand of the King Tywin Lannister “The King shits, and the Hand wipes.” Ser Jaime Lannister accurately described Ned Stark’s last title when he was appointed Hand of the King by Robert Baratheon. Ned worked with the...

I Stand With King Joffrey Baratheon

I Stand With King Joffrey Baratheon

Game of Thrones fans love to hate King — emphasis on the King — Joffrey Baratheon (Jack Gleeson). Joffrey, or Joff as I like to call him is 15, a product of incest, unpredictable and one of the best villains on television currently. Gleeson is doing something right when he can enrage millions of fans with one smirk. And oh boy do people love to complain about him. Type “Joffery” in Twitter during an episode of Game of Throne and the moment he steps on screen you will see many creative writing majors putting their degree to use explaining  their dislike.  But, there is a reason behind his smirk and it can easily be...

Words Are Wind Podcast: Season 3, Episode 1

Words Are Wind Podcast: Season 3, Episode 1

[Stitcher | RSS] [Livethread] De Ana J and Maria J talk about the Game of Thrones Season Three premiere episode Valar Dohaeris. Does this episode set the right tone for the upcoming season? Where does Joffrey get his bad temper from? Will anything good happen to Tyrion? Why does everyone know Jon Snow is Ned Starks’ bastard? The ladies discuss this and...

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