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Why did myths enchant the young fifth grader in me? Why was I so beholden to the ancient tales of ancient Greek gods that populated and ruled Mount Olympus above the mortals. It’s easy to become lost in the millenniums-old stories of gods who assumed mortal forms to walk the earth to pass judgment, the souls that are rowed across the River Styx, the jealous goddess-queen Hera inflicted suffering on the innocent mortals unfortunate to be loved (consensual encounters if you grew up with kid-friendlier text like me) by the king-god Zeus. …

Note: This pitch was accepted by a pop culture outlet back in February 2020 when Broadway was running and the filmed Broadway production of Hamilton was slated for a 2021 theatrical release. When the COVID-19 pandemic struck, the piece was canceled and the circumstances for Hamilton changed. The piece here is published unaltered.

Fans of musical theatre rejoiced when it was announced that the hip-hop Broadway musical, based on the 2004 biography Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow, will finally have a big-screen release in October 2021. It will feature most of the original Broadway cast members, including the composer…

Star Wars could use more mom characters that stay alive. For those who follow the expanded TV universe of Star Wars and glanced at the Star Wars television, you may have caught the name Sabine Wren (Tiyar Sicar), the colorful armor-wearing Mandalorian rebel of Star Wars Rebels.

Sabine is the daughter of an Ursa Wren, the leader of Clan Wren seated on the snowy Krownest, a colonized Mandalorian planet. The Countess debuted in the third season of Rebels. Once we meet her, Countess Ursa reacts callously to her daughter’s homecoming because her daughter’s past actions placed the family in the…

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Raise your lightsaber if you know Ahsoka Tano, a famed Force-warrior of the Star Wars galaxy. For those who are only familiar with the Star Wars live-action films, the red-hued head-tailed humanoid Ahsoka is a star of the CGI The Clone Wars cartoon series, George Lucas’s animated spin-off of the Star Wars Prequel trilogy, and she has the honor of serving as the Jedi apprentice of Anakin Skywalker, the man who will become the iconic Darth Vader.

For Bernie Sanders supporters, where to redirect your energy now that he has suspended his presidential campaign for the 2020 Democratic primary?

While Bernie Sanders is not out of the ballot, his campaign suspension sent waves of frustration and provoked deep-seeded disgruntlement against the USA two-party system, especially for those who are none too pleased that political harm-reduction against Donald Trump will likely lie in voting for Joe Biden, a man with a well documented — sometimes filmed-in-public — issue with violating the boundaries of women.

Which is a good time for me to say, have you heard of our…

My doctor never told me that my brain is a pincushion

A million pins jammed into keyholes that don’t always fit

unsheath one and my soul could bleed out


And out from the Queen’s womb

emerge the squall

the cherub-sphere

lips puckered toward the nipple

where honeyed milk flowed

Gumless it swilled down the ambrosia and sweat from the…

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For newbies, the gist of the Primal, an adult animated show created by Genndy Tartakovsky of Samurai Jack, is so wild that it somehow works with Tartakovsky’s pen: The protagonist is the grunting and growling Nethandral caveman, called “Spear” by the production team, who teams up with a T-Rex, called “Fang,” as they survive the prehistoric jungles.

“Plague of Madness” opens like a tranquil nature documentary. A Brachiosaurus chomps away on tree fruit. Suddenly, the arrival of a smaller disease-ridden Parasaurolophus disturbs its peace. Since the creature and its own chaos seem so benign from above, the Brachiosaurus only glances…

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My Poetic Response to Andrew Yang: Don’t Need To Prove My Americanness or Asianness

“I am not a cure and I shall not be their cure.”

I don’t need any degree to cure liver cancer (although maybe in an alternative universe I could find a treatment for my late father). I don’t need Purple Hearts. I don’t need the valedictorian title. I don’t need to bow to my adversary. I don’t need to get a Best Picture Oscar for Parasite. I don’t need to be the antidote to the pandemic. (I don’t mind donating my Type-AB but still)

Some get…

Caroline Cao, The Maximinalist

Just your average ADHD film and theatre writer who loves pasta.

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