I hated the idea of listening to an 8-minute freestyle by a 2015 Eminem, but I’m glad I did. No wonder you scoff at me, it’s still obvious / I’m as off-putting [pudding] as Bill Cosby is.” His bars were crazy. You could tell he was back in his comfort… [Read More]

Open Vs. Closed Social Networks

Almost every website you visit or app you use nowadays is more or less a social network. The comment sections on Complex not only host heated arguments between strangers, but also familiar foes who maintain years-long debates about whether Kimye is good or bad for the US economy. Even when… [Read More]

Outdoor Movies are Dumb

This is an opinion.  A correct one.  In an age of Netflix and video on demand there are limited reasons to watch a movie anywhere but from the comfort of your own home, with a loved one (or alone) while looking at your phone. The only reason to not watch a movie… [Read More]

Different Books Should Be Read in Different Ways

Recommending books is an art that too few people have mastered, because it’s easy to ignore all of the moving pieces involved. Who are you recommending the book to? What are they going through, if anything, in their life right now? Is this book for a vacation, a palette cleanser,… [Read More]

A Story About Fashion Between a Rock and a Hard Place

“My outfit is trash,” I heard from the room behind me. Ellis always said shit like that, passive-finessive shit like that. I turned around to him standing in front of a full-length mirror. Most of the pieces I could make out: a cropped, khaki green Saint Laurent bomber, what I… [Read More]

Five Signs of the One Direction Apocalypse

On March 25th — less than four months ago — Zayn announced that he was leaving One Direction. I handled it okay. I knew that everything was going to be fine as long as the four remaining members of this stupid band could hold it together. In a surprising turn… [Read More]

My Date With The Desert Dawgs, A Senior Softball Team

Purchasing my plane ticket to Las Vegas for the Senior Softball Championship was exciting. Packing for the trip was anxiety. I’m not an anxious packer, but I always feel a little unsettled when I volunteer my participation, especially when it’s for something as far removed from me as a men’s… [Read More]

Netflix is a Bad Boyfriend

This is an intervention. I’m here because I care about you. I know Netflix seemed exciting at first, because he showed you all kinds of things you’d never seen before. He was new and different. He let you be yourself. He liked you with no make up, and he never… [Read More]

Confessions of a *Former Secret DeAndre Jordan Admirer

I have a confession to make about DeAndre Jordan. I have hated the lob city incarnation of the Clippers from the moment its pieces first came together. Chris Paul’s transformation from potential Lakers savior to scowling Napoleonic tormenter and Blake Griffin’s thing for Kias and being a wimp will never… [Read More]

I Don’t Follow Sports So I Watched ESPN for a Week

I have a handful of pop culture blindspots: theatre, comic books, video games, and sports. Ah, SPORTS! I mean, listen: I can rattle off the names of every player on the 1997 University of Arizona Wildcat Championship team (and what NBA team they ended up on), I can recognize and… [Read More]

Big Sean Loves Condoms

In the US, teen pregnancy is down and the reason may be Big Sean. According to Genius, the Detroit rapper’s discography contains a whopping 19 condom references, which would be a lot for a sex ed teacher. To find out what the deal is with noted sex-haver, Big Sean’s obsession with the… [Read More]