The Kurlan Naiksos

In the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode, “The Chase,” Captain Picard’s archaeology professor gifts him an ancient artifact called a Kurlan Naiskos. A sculpted bust of a humanoid, it opens to reveal a number of smaller humanoid figurines inside. This represents the Kurlan belief that a person’s consciousness is made up of a chorus […]

Cincinnati Shakespeare’s “Othello”

Saturday I flew to Cincinnati to see the Cincinnati Shakespeare production of Othello. I should begin by saying firstly, that I am not a theatre critic by trade, so this shouldn’t be read as a review per se, but more a writeup of my personal and very subjective experience. I should also say, in the interest […]

Past Year’s Accountability 2017

It’s that time of year again, when one year is winding down and another is just about to start, well at least if you follow the Gregorian calendar. For folks using the Chinese lunar calendar, we’re like a month and a half early. So y’all can come back and read this in six weeks if […]

The Winter Holidays: A Time for Stories

I can’t quite get into the spirit of holidays like many others do. The same old festivities on a specific day of each year appear inauthentic. The artificial cheer, the clothing, the costumes, the tired symbolism—all seem to feed our hunger for superficial comforts. The food, the gifts, the decorations—they satisfy the glut of consumerism […]

A New World’s Crown: Shakespeare and Meghan Markle

When the news of Prince Harry’s engagement to American actress Meghan Markle exploded across the internet, I found myself … oddly interested. Any news about the royal family in Britain leads me to ask, “Really, this again?” Being opposed to a government structure that involves monarchy, I have to keep some sort of emotional distance […]

Fog Released

We released a new poetry zine called Fog at the Philly Zine Fest last week. Zoa and I each submitted five poems, and our friend Emily did illustrations and designed the zine. We sold most of our copies at the fest but we have some left that we’ll put up on the store today.

Brief Candle 4 Released

Brief Candle Issue 4 was completed just in time for Philly Zine Fest last week. We sold most of our copies at the fest but we have a few left that we’ll be posting on the store today. This was the first issue of BC to come out after Zoa joined the editing staff, and […]

No More Cakes and Ale

A couple years ago, I was asked to write an article for a straight edge zine that never came out. Rather than let an interesting piece languish unpublished, I recovered from the depths of my hard drive and present it here, a loosely organized meditation on being a straight edge bardolator. No More Cakes and […]

Halloween Flash Fiction Showdown

In honor of Halloween, Zoa and I have decided to do a little flash fiction, scary story duel. We’ve each written a scary story that’s less than 500 words and you will decide which story is better. We won’t tell you who wrote which story so as not to bias you. Read each story below and […]

New Ideas are Probably Old Ideas

The benefits of reading history continually surprise me. It’s not as thrilling as reading an intense novel or as intellectually stimulating as philosophy or astrophysics, perhaps, but it can equip and expand our understanding of humanity more than almost any other subject. Among the most astonishing lessons hidden in the story of humankind is that […]