The Great Gatsby: The Opera?! (Part 3 of Steven Explores Gatsby)

The Great Gatsby: The Opera?! (Part 3 of Steven Explores Gatsby)
There are few source materials as rich in drama and angst as F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. That, in turn, should make it the perfect work to adapt for the largely emotion-driven operatic stage, right? Turns out, that’s not exactly the case! John Harbison’s operatic adaptation of The Great Gatsby was written to commemorate... Read more »

Beware of Taylor Swift Syndrome! or "Who needs Valentine's Day?"

Beware of Taylor Swift Syndrome! or "Who needs Valentine's Day?"
Who among you can honestly say that they’ve had a Valentine’s Day that wasn’t absolute ASS? You spend anywhere from one hour to one year figuring out what the hell to get your beloved, either to be met with a strained “thanks” or momentary enthusiasm followed by the item or service you gave them falling... Read more »

Vegan Weddings, The Current Massacre of Valentine's Day, and The Grammys! (Episode #22 of MY PODCAST)

Vegan Weddings, The Current Massacre of Valentine's Day, and The Grammys! (Episode #22 of MY PODCAST)
The newest episode of The Objectivist and The Vegan Podcast is on the air! In this episode, Jack (The Vegan) and Steven (The Objectivist) discuss a difficult situation with a vegan wife’s in-laws at their wedding (and weddings in general get their fair share!), Valentine’s Day and its commercial sugar-coating, and the deficits of The... Read more »
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In Defense of Bill Cosby, The Comedian

In Defense of Bill Cosby, The Comedian
Though I was not born during the heyday of The Cosby Show, I was able to reap the benefits of the hilarious sitcom on Nick @ Nite as reruns. I noticed that not only was this a peculiar and enjoyable form of comedy,┬áit often educated on several facets of African American culture. When the floodgates... Read more »

The Great Gatsby Goes to the Movies! (Part 2 of Steven Explores Gatsby)

The Great Gatsby Goes to the Movies! (Part 2 of Steven Explores Gatsby)
The Great Gatsby, like many novels, has been the focus of filmmakers for decades. And, like most novels, the movies pale in comparison to the sophisticated character development and lush settings of its source material. Gatsby has been adapted into five major films in five different decades. I will be focusing on the three “major”... Read more »

Steven's Movie Reviews: Robert De Niro in The Comedian (2017)

Steven's Movie Reviews: Robert De Niro in The Comedian (2017)
Can we all just agree that so-called “career” critics are all enormous douchebags? For weeks upon weeks, leading up to the premiere of The Comedian, I heard nothing but derision and contempt for the movie, saying that for a movie with the word Comedian in the name, there weren’t enough laughs to fill a two-hour... Read more »
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Perfect Partners: Evil, Schadenfreude, and White Supremacists (Episode #21 of MY PODCAST)

Perfect Partners: Evil, Schadenfreude, and White Supremacists (Episode #21 of MY PODCAST)
The newest episode of The Objectivist and The Vegan Podcast is on the air! In this episode, Jack (The Vegan)and Steven (The Objectivist) delve into the dark recesses of humanity, defining and identifying Ayn Rand’s definition of what makes a person “evil” and the concept of schadenfreude. Also: Little Edie Beale sings a song! Jack... Read more »

My advice for living in a crazy world: be like Tallulah Bankhead, dahling!

My advice for living in a crazy world: be like Tallulah Bankhead, dahling!
The world icon is tossed around ad nauseam these days but, for some folks, it is the only word available in the English Lexicon to describe them! Tallulah Bankhead, whose greatest accomplishment is seen as introducing the word “dahling” into our everyday life, was a renaissance woman who toed the line between actress and fireball.... Read more »

West Egg Noir: The Great Gatsby as Pulp Crime (Part 1 of Steven Explores Gatsby!)

West Egg Noir: The Great Gatsby as Pulp Crime (Part 1 of Steven Explores Gatsby!)
We can all remember that moment when, in high school, the teacher plops the “assigned reading” list on your desk and you groan as the same old warhorses are trotted out to pasture once again. We can also remember the moment when our eyes first met the iconic cover of a slim novel bearing Francis... Read more »
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Happy Birthday, Susanne Blakeslee: Long Live the Disney Villainess Queen!

Happy Birthday, Susanne Blakeslee: Long Live the Disney Villainess Queen!
Who do you call these days when you’re looking to replace an iconic female villain voice? You call the icon herself! Susanne Blakeslee is one of those voices that you’ve heard billions of times, whether you know it or not. I see you all out there, shaking your heads incredulously and scoffing at my audacity.... Read more »