Viv’s Year in Music


by Vivian Obarski If you asked me to sum up this year in music, I’d probably start screaming about U2 and Songs of Innocence which is a good album. But I already did that and that album showed up in September. To talk only about that album would be neglecting the rest of the year, […]



As-I-Play Borderlands 2: Diamond in the Rough (Part Six)

As I head out to find the mysterious Ellie, I pass a tower. Ever the curious explorer, I wander up to it. It is locked. It’s on a cliff, so I walk to the edge to look at the view, which is usually pretty cool. This one is boring, a large sandy stretch. What is […]

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Talking back to “Serial”

Of all of the podcasts to become a breakout cultural phenomenon, I did not expect Serial to be it. Not that it isn’t excellent, of course, but it is a podcast, and it’s essentially a radio documentary, which battles a persistent reputation of uncoolness. You don’t hear of people gathering around the water cooler or at […]

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W. Kamau Bell and Kevin Avery.

TLF Recommended Podcasts by and for Best Friends

by Raizel Liebler & Keidra Chaney Having a BFF is great, but would you be able to do a podcast with your best friend? Maintaining a friendship can be difficult at times, so those that manage to also record and sustain a podcast should be pointed out. So we have three examples of podcasts by […]

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I may not have gotten U2 tickets, but I did get to see some videos

by Vivian Obarski The same day that tickets to U2’s Innocence+Experience tour went on sale, the band also released commissioned videos for every song from their new album, Songs of Experience. Perhaps learning from the whole iTunes debacle (which I didn’t see as a debacle, but I’m not the right person to talk to about […]

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12/8: our favorite compound time signature

Keidra Chaney and Raizel Liebler Taking advantage of the date, we wanted to write about some of our favorite songs in 12/8 time. This is a time signature that isn’t particularly rare, but for modern pop, not a very common occurrence. On the other hand, there have been many songs in 12/8 over time – […]

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The Problem with ‘Ethics in Journalism’: Why GamerGate is a Problem We Need to Talk About (Rationally)

I have thus far been silent on TLF about GamerGate – not because I have nothing to say, but because I wasn’t certain that my lovely and fabulous editors wanted to deal with the potential backlash. But after a short conversation today, we decided that it would be better to say something than to remain […]

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Disney Owns Media Companies, Theme Parks … and a Religion

by Raizel Liebler One of my favorite classes in college focused on American experiences of religion, especially on American created or modified religion or religious movements, including Shakers and the Nation of Islam, and the plethora of 19th Century religious movements — the Church of Latter Day Saints (Mormons), Christian Scientists, the Jehovah’s Witnesses, and […]

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Scandal Chat – Fall Finale Extravaganza!

VO: I wonder if Olivia regrets her decision at all or wonders if she did right. And HEY MAMA POPE! I love how she’s got both Jake and Fitz under control, but at the same time I love how she turns to Olivia as if she’ll come and save her. And that’s not something that […]

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As-I-Play Dragon Age: Inquisition – No One Expects the Inquisition (Part One)

I need to begin this series by explaining that I am a rabid BioWare fangirl. I love the Mass Effect series at perhaps an unhealthy level, and am fond of the Dragon Age series only slightly less. I have played Dragon Age: Origins, Dragon Age: Awakening, Dragon Age II, and a whole variety of DLC. […]

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