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Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed - Ranking Weird YouTube Kids Videos
The videos made for children on YouTube are notoriously weird. Over the years, most genuinely disturbing content has been removed, but that has not necessarily resulted in a decrease in overall oddness. Preschoolers are not the most discerning viewers, and it’s easy for content creators to quickly churn out literally whatever and rake in the views.
Five Reasons Why Cats 2019 Might Be the Best Movie Ever Made
Who can forget the month of December, 2019. It might’ve been cold, depending on where you lived. Snowy, or whatever. You might have been preparing to celebrate your holiday of choice, or else winding down in the wake of that holiday. The nightly news shows were filled with the first whispers of the oncoming covid-19 pandemic, but the cinemas were filled with magic! Finally, after many decades of success on the stage, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s most glorious musical had arrived to bless the big screen!
It’s 4:30 AM on the last school day before the commencement of summer vacation. The street across from the Wuhan shipyard fills with old ladies pushing breakfast carts. A bowl of hot dry noodles costs three yuan. Other sellers offer up meat stuffed buns, duo pi, fried gluten dipped in honey, boiled tea eggs, sugared ears of corn, and roasted sweet potatoes.
A Short Review of Every Broadway Show I’ve Ever Seen
It’s no secret that I’m a musical theatre fanatic. As a teenager, my dream was to be a theatre critic. This was thwarted by my terrible taste (notorious flops about vampires are, to excuse the pun, my life blood). Nonetheless, I have many opinions! You’ll find below some brief thoughts on every major theatre production I’ve been lucky enough to see live.
A Student’s Review of Gotham Writers Workshops
On December 8th, 2020, I signed on to my first class with Gotham Writers Workshop. Fiction Writing I, taught by Benjamin Obler, met over Zoom for three hours every Monday night. As the ten week course progressed, I learned new ways to hone my description, dialogue, and plotting abilities. I also received feedback from the instructor and the other ten students in my class.
- Runner-Up in Dads Are No Joke Challenge
Missives of Kindness from Wuhan, China
It’s April 2020, I’m stranded in small town Maine, and the evening news is nightmarish with images of freezer trucks brought into New York City to store the COVID bodies. A year ago at this time, I was working as a foreign teacher in Wuhan China, the apparent epicenter of all this.
In My Life: A Postmortem Broadway Review
It’s impossible for me to spoil the musical In My Life. It played on Broadway for three months in 2005, never once filling the Music Box theatre to more than 40 percent capacity. Unlike some flopped musicals, like Lestat and Carrie, which managed to garner a cult following despite their short runs, In My Life left no legacy to speak of. You’ll never see it.
Five Foods to Try in Wuhan, China
Wuhan, a central Chinese city which straddles the Yangtze River, has gained global attention over the last year as the original epicenter of the Covid-19 pandemic. What the news reports do not capture is the charm of this city. Having spent eleven years there working as an English teacher, I came to know Wuhan as place with historic towers, temples, and bridges, as well as some of the kindest people I’ve ever met. There are vast clothing and jewelry markets that stretch out for miles and only open after dark when the city lights are glowing. Wuhan has four major museums, dozens of parks, and a bustling underground independent music and craft beer scene. Above all, Wuhan serves up spectacular food, some of which is completely unique to this city. If you’re lucky enough to have a chance to visit Wuhan, here are five dishes you can try.
A Journey to Wuhan’s Ziyang Park
When I lived in Wuhan, I used to spend a lot of time at this park near the primary school where I worked. It was called Ziyang park, and I hated walking there. It was on a road which was in a state of constant upheaval due to construction. Since the sidewalk had been torn up, pedestrians and cyclists had to share a narrow sliver of fenced off street, and with no clear rules about which direction people were meant to be traveling in, everybody just smashed into each other in whatever way they wanted. Sometimes, breathing in motorcycle fumes and listening to the cacophony of car horns, I wondered if the walk was worth the destination. Even so, I knew that the stress of getting there was part of what made the destination special. The hustle and crush of bodies and vehicles outside provided a contrast which made Ziyang Park a beacon of calm.