How a New Age Church Connected with Charles Manson Became a No-Kill Animal Sanctuary that Took in Michael Vic’s Dogs (And the Dogs Went on Ellen)

The title says it all, but here's the story: The beginning is a little muddy, as are many things on the titillating periphery of Charles Manson's legendary days of carnage. Manson drifted through a number of groups, musical and religious, picking up bits and pieces to make the ultimate tableau that can connect The Beach … Continue reading How a New Age Church Connected with Charles Manson Became a No-Kill Animal Sanctuary that Took in Michael Vic’s Dogs (And the Dogs Went on Ellen)

Christmas is a Thresher That Separates the Other from the Norm: Why the Grinch is a Queer Icon

Cover art by the fantastic @BurgaBossu Much has been written on the process through which children's movie villeins become queer and otherwise non-conforming icons. The basic idea goes: villains are often coded as minorities, especially LGBTQ, and marginalized kids go from relating to the bad guy to dressing up as them at parties. With Tumblr's … Continue reading Christmas is a Thresher That Separates the Other from the Norm: Why the Grinch is a Queer Icon

Video Games Love the Story of Collectivist Revolution, Kind Of

Often trying to critique games from a leftist perspective means one of two things: either you're breaking down why a storyline is effectively cheering for jingoism/capitalism/toxic masculinity ect, or you're using some interpretive leeway to get a constructive pro-socialist message. So I felt blasted with collectivist fury when Warframe's newest expansion, Fortuna, starts right off … Continue reading Video Games Love the Story of Collectivist Revolution, Kind Of

Lost in Vivo: An All-Encompassing Love Letter to Indie Horror

[Content warning: The game contains themes of body dysphoria, eating disorders, depression, anxiety, picking habits, and really all sorts of stuff. However I'm intentionally not getting into too much gory detail about the game to keep it light on spoilers so this article mostly refers to these topics rather than present them.] Lost in Vivo … Continue reading Lost in Vivo: An All-Encompassing Love Letter to Indie Horror

Halloween’s Michael Myers is Actually Legendary French Mime Marcel Marceau

The new Halloween movie undoes the overwrought lore of the series, but fails to expand on the darkest secret of the films: killer Michael Myers is the groundbreaking French mime artist Marcel Marceau. I know what you're thinking: "This theory again!", but hear me out. The more you connect the dots the more you'll realize … Continue reading Halloween’s Michael Myers is Actually Legendary French Mime Marcel Marceau

Receiver: Press X, B, Pause, X, then Right Trigger to Pay Respects

You may have played Receiver back when it came out. The result of a 7 day FPS game jam that caught a lot of people's attention as a must try curiosity. The hook was that the guns you were using operated like real guns. Actually that's not quite right, it was about how the player … Continue reading Receiver: Press X, B, Pause, X, then Right Trigger to Pay Respects