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This article contains spoilers throughout for Twin Peaks: The Return, which wrapped up its run on Showtime this past weekend After 26 years away and 15 weeks back, on Sunday night, Twin Peaks once again reached its stunning conclusion. For fans of Twin Peaks, fans of its mad genius visionary David Lynch, and fans of prestige television in general, it certainly was  quite a ride. 15 weeks is a long time—how long ago does...
At least in one fashion, we’re living in an age of vast wealth. Some call it “the golden age of television.” Others choose to call it “peak television.” Personally, I find myself often calling it “too much television,” because there’s just so much to watch. Perhaps this is because of all the streaming options (I'm so thankful Netflix, Amazon, HBOGo, and Hulu are all a part of my life), but also because more than ever before, networks like...
“Poetry,” according to Paul Valéry, “is a separate language, or more specifically, a language within a language.” As with a matryoshka doll, a poem is a deceptive structure with endless possibilities for combination and recombination. While television can lean on visual and musical cues for an audience—flashbacks that flesh out backstory, songs that recur at key moments to reiterate narrative through lines—there are certain depths that only poetry can plumb. In 1975 John Williams...
Before this past Thursday, I’d never been to any kind of a convention before, let alone a comic convention. Of course, being a pop culture-obsessive living in the age of the Internet, it’s impossible to avoid coverage, so I had some idea of what to expect. But, really, once I stepped inside the behemoth that is the Jacob Javits Center for this year’s New York Comic Con, there was no amount of preparation that...

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