My experience writing letters and notes on an antique machine

I have possessed a typewriter for a year. In this time I have learned how to properly set the carriage, adjust the ribbon, and type with accuracy.

The friend who loaned this machine to me gave me simple instructions: write. He viewed this particular typewriter in a spiritual sense and…

An adapted chivalric epic

David Lowery approaches filmmaking as poetry and not prose. His films emphasize highly stylized visual language and emotional provocation over other things general audiences prioritize like action or romance. These things are present in his films when the story calls for it but they are put into their time. …

I am no longer a christian

by Mary Ruefle

I think the sirens in The Odyssey sang The Odyssey, for there is nothing more seductive, more terrible, than the story of our own life, the one we do not want to hear and will do anything to listen to.

Faith is believing something to be…

“The cosmos is about the smallest hole a man can hide his head in.” — G. K. Chesterton

“The cosmos is about the smallest hole a man can hide his head in.”
— G. K. Chesterton

What man looks out on the world and thinks he cannot conquer it? A weak man would feel shame at his weakness. The strong man would feel pride at his daring. The wise man would feel nothing at all, and go about living his life instead of dreaming.

He doesn’t…

An examination of two words

It’s curious how we use the phrase to connote sex. I wonder if there’s more potential behind those two words. I make such a wondering fully conscious of the irony of thinking of something that has more potential than procreative sex, but I think that’s where my interest starts.


An essay exploring themes in the Best Picture winning film from director Bong Joon Ho

Still frame photo of Ki-jung and Ki-woo in the semi-basement bathroom

I had no idea what Parasite was before I walked into the Ritz 5 in Philadelphia. The journey that led me to this particular theater was mostly instigated by my desire to see the Delaware River, and then the Internet told me the film was playing nearby. This was my…

Michael Lamb

software engineer | culture nerd | reader

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