Hell-On by Neko Case 🔥 Album Review

Written by Thelonia

Neko Case's new album makes me want to quit my job, move away from the city, find a nice lush Northeastern forest, sit on a rock, look at a mountain, and die. In that order. Hell-On, which builds on Case's previous albums' sound, she leans into her more mournful side, even with the livelier of songs being about destruction of self, reflections on the past, and celebration of creation & womanhood. In other words, get your annotation pens & highlighters out, we're going on a journey.

All in Good Storytime 📚 Episode 41

All in Good Storytime is an interactive, bookish, book club podcast hosted by Alanna, Katya, and Tia. To join the club, make sure you're following us on Twitter to get updates on what book we're reading and to what chapter we are reading through (or what anime we're watching and what episode we are watching through), and listen to the podcast here or on iTunes (see link below) to join in on the discussion. And don't forget to read along!

In the 41st episode of All in Good Storytime, we finish reading Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut. In chapters 7-10, we finally live through the plane crash in which Billy is the sole survivor, see Valencia die of carbon monoxide poisoning, meet Kilgore Trout, return to Tralfamadore with Montana, and are given a solid explanation for all the time traveling and aliens.

We contrast the parallel scenes between Billy and Valencia and then Billy and Montana where he is pressed to discuss his time at war. We view this as another aspect of wishful thinking present in his time on Tralfamadore where he is able to be emotionally vulnerable. We discuss how horrifyingly disgusting it is that the captured American soldiers were sharing spoons in their quest to steal syrup from the Nazis. We question whether Kilgore Trout is really just Kurt Vonnegut making cameos in all of his novels in the style of Stan Lee. Finally, we unpack the notion that the aliens and time traveling were all a result of Billy's fractured psyche following the final insult of the optometrist plane crash.

In two weeks, we will be watching the first five episodes and episode eight (the order in which the episodes were intended) of Revolutionary Girl Utena.

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No Improvement Podcast 👯 Episode 65

No Improvement is a sort-of-funny talk show that explores the vast, untapped potential of TV shows, books, films, and more. Quill & Slate blog runners Thelonia and Tia review—and then reimagine—the stories you know and love until you can barely recognize them anymore. Hopefully in a good way. And if not, well, we hope you are still entertained.

In the 65th episode of No Improvement, we watch and discuss the ninth episode of Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale ("Smart Power"), season 2. Listen to us discuss season 1 or the All in Good Storytime podcast discuss the book at these links!

Next week, we will be watching and talking about the tenth episode of Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale, season 2.

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Hereditary 😱 Film Review


Written by Thelonia

Hereditary was perhaps my most anticipated movie of 2018, and while it didn't scare me in the way I think most people expect, it has haunted me ever since I've seen it.

en cas de tempête, ce jardin sera fermé. by Coeur de Pirate 💕 Album Review

Written by Thelonia

Soft when happy and poppy when heartbroken, Coeur de Pirate's new album, en cas de tempête, ce jardin sera fermé. continues the Quebecois artist's musical trajectory without deviating too far from her usual sound.