The Wheel of Time: Two Things That Will Keep Me Watching

Fantasy stories are one of my favorite genres, and I’ve experienced them in print (J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Silmarillion is my favorite), online (I use Naver’s Webtoon app almost as often as I use Google Maps), and on film (I’ve seen The Lord of the Rings  trilogy around 12 times, which translates into about four-and-a-half days out of my total existence). When I was young, I also got to know them through role-playing games like Dungeons & Dragons, which draw heavily from fantasy literature.

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The CW’s “Kung Fu” Powerfully Addresses Sexual Assault

SPOILER ALERT: Major spoilers for the fourth episode of Kung Fu (the CW version) lie beyond the period at the end of this sentence.

TW: Gender-based violence.

We interrupt the grading of junior high math tests (60 down, 40 to go) to share some reflections on a remarkable scene at the end of “Hand,” the fourth episode in the new Kung Fu series.

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Where’s the Mug with My Name on It?

Some of you have never had to ask that question. You’ve never even for a moment considered how you have name privilege and that every gift shop, at every amusement park and tourist trap you’ve ever been to, has your name on some souvenir. Sometimes, it’s a mug; other times it’s a keychain. It could even be a fake mini-license plate for your bike. You, the name privileged, walk into a store, head confidently over to the display of personalized products, and expect to find your name represented.

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