Posts by Kelly Coughlin


A New Novel Expands the Works of J.R.R. Tolkien

Beyond the Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien wrote an impressive number of works, and another one is being released this month. In April 2018 news broke that a “new” J.R.R. Tolkien novel would be published and available in August 2018. The Fall of Gondolin has been described as the first “real” story of Middle Earth. It will extend the Lord of the Rings canon, giving diehard fans something to do after their 11-plus-hour movie        …read more

Poetic Kinetics

Poetic Kinetics Transforms the View with Giant Hovering Sculptures

They’ll tell you to go big or go home. At Poetic Kinetics, they opt for enormous. If you’ve never been to Pershing Square in Los Angeles, you can run a quick Google search on the park and learn, first, that it was dedicated as a public space in 1866; second, that it’s run by the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks; and third, that it merits headlines like “How Los Angeles Got a Pershing        …read more

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How Those Period Panties Could Save the World

What if girls and women all over the world had access to safe feminine hygiene? Picture yourself as an 11-year-old girl. You’re going about your day, waiting for the bus or walking yourself to school, marching to class, talking to your friends, maybe studying for a quiz — everything is going according to plan. You even remembered your lunch money and a fresh set of gym clothes today. You’re ready for anything. Then you go        …read more

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The Beautiful Restorative Art of Mastectomy Tattoos

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Here’s how artists are using ink to heal souls with mastectomy tattoos. Have you ever stood in the cosmetics aisle staring at the rows upon rows of bottles, jars, compacts and powders with names like “buff beige” and “sienna,” wondering whether you’re more of an olive or if the light in here is just weird? This was going to be the time you remembered to write down the number        …read more

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Incurable Disease and Death with Dignity in 'Game of Thrones'

Jorah’s incurable disease in ‘Game of Thrones’ reignites the debate over physician-assisted dying. Characters in HBO’s series Game of Thrones, based on the series by George R. R. Martin, are in a constant battle for survival. In fact, Game of Thrones fans should know and follow one basic rule: avoid liking any character, because there’s a pretty solid chance that character will die — probably within the series, possibly within the season, maybe within the        …read more

The Magicians

‘The Magicians’ Continues the Magic for Harry Potter Generation

Syfy’s ‘The Magicians,’ based on the book by Lev Grossman, shows viewers they’re never too old for magic. July 15, 2011, was a warm summer night and at around 2 a.m. we found ourselves running down a street under the glow of bright yellow streetlights. We sped from one patch of light to the next, showing no concern for the headlights and taillights passing beside us. Let the world see us run. We didn’t care.        …read more

Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman: The Never-Ending Milestone

Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot have delivered an empowered version of Wonder Woman. Take a look at how far she’s come since her comic book beginnings. The reviews are pouring in for Warner Bros’ Wonder Woman film: the latest iteration of Diana, princess of the Amazons. Film lovers have been pacing for months in wait of the first blockbuster level superhero film with a female star. Speaking of blockbusting… Audiences see Diana literally bust through        …read more

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‘Sense8’ Cancelled, Dealing 8 Blows to Diversity in TV

‘Sense8’ has been cancelled by Netflix, but fans aren’t letting it go quietly. When Netflix pronounced Sense8 cancelled after two seasons, viewers were stunned. Some questioned if the move was made to legitimize Netflix in its role as a — if not the — major provider of television in the transition from network television to online streaming services. Out with the old and in with the new, now on the internet. What Netflix may not have        …read more

Handmaid’s Tale

Hulu’s ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Adds Depth to Riveting Dystopia

Hulu’s stunning adaptation of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ takes us further into the complex lives of characters from Margaret Atwood’s timeless story. “Does he know what the Commander and I did last night — our illicit journey into the world of triple-word scores? “Does he care? “I think he does.” Elizabeth Moss’s voice turns daring, teasing — it lends a boldness to Offred, Margaret Atwood’s main character in the novel The Handmaid’s Tale. Never before has Scrabble        …read more

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Untangling the Truth in 'The OA'

Can you tell reality from delusion? Netflix’s hit show 'The OA' leaves us guessing. Do you believe in angels? Responses might range from chortling to reverent: the curt no, the exuberant yes and the protracted maybe. But chances are, most have asked themselves this question before. Would you believe someone who told you they’re an angel? This is the kind of question to ask at a party if you’re wondering which guest is the most uncomfortable        …read more

Black Mirror

Why ‘Black Mirror’ Should Be the Next Thing You Watch on Netflix

Want to render a group of twentysomethings speechless? Look no further than the opening act of ‘Black Mirror.’ The first time I watched Black Mirror (season one, episode one, “The National Anthem”), I was sitting in a science fiction class. As the plot unfolded and the situation on-screen grew increasingly dire, I found myself wondering how far my professor had chosen to push the limits of a state-school curriculum. The answer: pretty damn far. “The        …read more

Buffalo, New York

Art Scene in Buffalo, New York, Reignites ‘City of Lights’

Buffalo, New York, is known for its recession, but its enduring art scene is reviving the city. They call it the Skyway: a massive overpass that twists through the air, carving a path between 20-story buildings and the shores of Lake Erie. Try driving on it in January, when the city of Buffalo, New York, is likely to be blanketed in snow, battered by subzero winds, and fresh off a less-than-satisfactory NFL season. At any given moment someone somewhere        …read more