Shoutout: The Alabaster Girl, by Zan Perrion

Shoutout: The Alabaster Girl, by Zan Perrion

Sit back and relax… I will sing you the song of women. What women? you ask. All women, I answer. Even me? you ask. Especially you, I answer. And what will you sing to me? you ask. Ah, my love, I will sing to you of hidden truths Yes, hidden truths and secret secrets… —Zan Perrion, The Alabaster Girl Every once in a while, you come across a book that metaphorically smacks you over the head, a book that wakes you up like a bucket of ice water being thrown on…

Shoutout: Hardcore Zen, by Brad Warner

Shoutout: Hardcore Zen, by Brad Warner

What mental image does the word ‘Zen’ invoke in your mind? Japanese monks meditating peacefully by a waterfall? Daily blogs with vanilla platitudes about serenity? Surreal news clips at the end of The Daily Show? How about this instead: A rich school of teachings that are just as relevant today as they were millennia ago. Sure, a 1,500-year-old offshoot of a 3,000-year-old world religion sounds daunting. It never spawned on my PokéRadar, that’s for sure. Were it not for the subject of today’s shoutout, it probably never would have. Zen…

Neville Longbottom: From Bumbler to Badass

Neville Longbottom: From Bumbler to Badass

After taking a few years off following the seventh book, J.K. Rowling fired up the Harry Potter hype train and drove out of Platform 9¾ at warp speed. Pottermore launched (still think that name is weird), the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child stage play entered production (complete with a generous helping of nerd racism), and Warner Bros. announced the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them film (why there is a film based on one of Harry’s textbooks is beyond me). Supposedly, Niantic secured the rights for a Pokémon Go-style mobile game. The franchise is…

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Review

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Review

The grand literary saga of the Boy Who Lived finally continues in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child…as a stage play. It is a mixed bag, for sure. Some parts of the story deliver great character development, but it also suffers from an annoying protagonist and plot threads that feel like they don’t belong in the Harry Potter setting. Is it worth reading? Is it a good continuation? Well, there’s a lot to consider. J.K. Rowling wisely anticipated there would be hell to pay if the new story was inaccessible to people…

Shoutout: New Game +, by Dr. Nerdlove

Shoutout: New Game +, by Dr. Nerdlove

If it wasn’t obvious from my recommended blogs widget, I’m a huge fan of Harris O’Malley, AKA Dr. Nerdlove (who is not a real doctor). Before I ever floated the idea of spouting anime-inspired philosophy and motivational platitudes at nerds though, I voraciously devoured his content. He challenged (and changed) my perspective on the dreaded Friend Zone, the platonic backdoor friendship gambit (better known as ‘Nice Guys’), toxic masculinity, and numerous other topics that make men look like clueless Slowpokes at best and borderline predators at worst. When I first…

Shoutout: The Nerdist Way, by Chris Hardwick

Shoutout: The Nerdist Way, by Chris Hardwick

Since beginning this blog, I’ve taken up reading more self improvement books and hell, just more reading in general (which is self improvement in itself). I’m sure my Kindle loves the attention after collecting dust for two years. The intention was to learn some things for myself but also to currate helpful recommendations for the blog’s readers. These posts won’t neccessarily be critiques of the books in question, but more like examinations and distillations. I’ll start it off with the second-most-recent book I read: The Nerdist Way, by comedian and…