As-I-Play Dragon Age: Inquisition – Diplomacy, Conspiracy, and Necromancy (Part Seven)


by Kristin Bezio So I ran through pretty much all of the minor quests and collecting that I was able to do without going crazy (I’ve come to terms with the fact that I don’t have the patience to go back to the Hinterlands to find that one remaining piece of the mosaic), so I […]



Into – and Out of – the Friendzone: The Evolution of Friendship Mechanics in Dragon Age, from Origins to Inquisition

by Kristin Bezio I recently completed a re-play-through of all the Dragon Age games and their downloadable content (DLC), and it has me thinking in particular about the way in which BioWare has adapted one of their most well-known (and loved/hated) mechanics: the friendship-rivalry mechanic and its intersection with “romance” in the games. I’ve written […]

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How Jane the Virgin makes “OMG moments” work

By Vivian Obarski If you watch television these days, there’s a lot of teasing regarding “OMG moments” — those moments that have social media and the water cooler blowing up in reaction and comment. While it isn’t a new thing — anyone remember the Who Shot JR? — this trend seems to have intensified the […]

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Scandal Season 4 Finale Chat

VO: So after a rather lackluster second half of this season, we’re finally to the finale. Thank heavens. I think y’all can tell how excited (or lack of) we’ve been, given the updates are coming later and later. Some of it is just real life kicking our asses, but some of it is also that […]

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I Read A Book: Choi and Maliangkay’s K-pop: the international rise of the Korean music industry

by Raizel Liebler K-pop: the international rise of the Korean music industry (2015), edited by JungBong Choi and Roald Maliangkay, is another entry in the quickly growing world of edited collections about kpop. Like many edited collections, there isn’t an overall theme; instead, one’s interest in each essay will likely vary based on the subject […]

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Scandal Chat: Season 4, Episode 21

VO: Hoooo boy…another adult content thing, which is gonna make me wonder why I decided to eat before watching this. KC: The last time they did this was Mellie’s rape, sooo. VO: Jake — you really need to ask who is handling Randall? Who else do you think it would be? The wonder twins of […]

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Tyrion Sees It

Game of Thrones Discussion, S5E5: Fear Not

Can our fears set us free? Or do they always enslave us? Does maturity mean not only stepping away from parental protection, but facing – and embracing – the things that terrify us? Step out of that dungeon and into the light and join us for a discussion of “Kill the Boy” with three fans […]

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American Crime: In Defense Of Barb Hanlon

by Faith Pennick In my opinion, the most compelling character on television right now is Barb Hanlon. Her presence looms large over the shape-shifting ABC drama American Crime. As the title suggests, the show begins with a crime: a murder in Modesto, California. The victim is Barb’s son, Matt Skokie. Matt’s wife, Gwen was also […]

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I Read A Book: John Palfrey’s BiblioTech: Why Libraries Matter More than Ever in the Age of Google

by Raizel Liebler John Palfrey‘s BiblioTech: Why Libraries Matter More than Ever in the Age of Google (2015) is a call to arms for the future of libraries — and their value. Immensely readable, this book charts where libraries were, where they are now, and where they are and should be. I truly loved this […]

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Game of Thrones Discussion, S5E4: Shame on You, Shame on Me

  Join us for a discussion of “Sons of the Harpy” with three fans with different perspectives: Laura Fletcher, a casual fan of the television and book series; Corrin Bennett-Kill, a dedicated fan of the book and TV series (she has read all the books four times!); and Cheryl Collins, who does not read. Please […]

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