Monthly Archives: January 2016

In Reluctant Praise of Emoji

Oxford English Dictionary’s word of 2015 was a surprise for some of us. Because it was this: 😂. We even felt weird putting a period at the end of that sentence. Even though emoji are all over the place—Twitter, Instagram, in almost all text conversations we have—it has never occurred to us to define it

Star Wars, the Monomyth, and Why Some Things Never Change

The Monomyth, as a literary term, is a theory developed by mythologist Joseph Campbell in his book, The Hero With a Thousand Faces. Basically, he realized that all these stories from different mythologies around the world (The Odyssey, The Kojiki, The Poetic Edda, Arthurian Legends, among others) are all grounded in the same plot structure. This