The Golem and The Jinni

In her debut novel, The Golem and the Jinni, Helen Wecker crafts a tale of two magical creatures who find themselves amongst the large mass of immigrants in 19th century New York City. Chava is a golem crafted from clay, recently created because golems are naturally bound to servitude and her master wanted an obedient…

Journey

There are various ways of controlling anxiety or stress: sitting down with a good book, taking a walk outside, or even enjoying a cup of tea with one’s current activity. Video games tend to be overlooked in this area. They are better known for being loud or fast-paced—not what someone would turn to if they…

From Inspiration to Illustration: An Interview with Koyorin

Koyorin is a Toronto-based digital illustrator whose work has appeared in conventions like The Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) and Anime North. Currently, they are working as a freelance artist after having completed their bachelor’s degree in design from OCAD university. In their free time, Koyorin draws fan art or original art, plays video games,…

Speculative ASMR

Speculative settings are known to enchant and exhilarate. Whether you’re flying through space and time, or surrounded by magicians and dragons, speculative works create an overpowering sense of adrenaline and excitement. What proves fascinating is the way in which these worlds and characters are also capable of lulling the audience into a peaceful, sometimes trance-like…

How Dark Souls Taught Me to Close-Read

  Like any English undergrad, I’ve been lectured on the concept of close-reading by nearly every professor I’ve encountered. During discussions of how to find meaning by picking apart the form and content of a text, I’ve often found myself thinking about Dark Souls. At the time, I almost felt ashamed for thinking about a…

Why I Play Dungeons & Dragons, and So Should You (If You’re Into That)

Okay friends, it is time to talk about my favourite subject. Despite the rise in nerd culture, Dungeons and Dragons still has a bit of lingering stigma. The problem is that many people do not understand it. When you ask non-nerds about it, often they’ll make references to teenagers running around in sewers dressed in…

The Poor Teaching Practices of Professor Dumbledore

Professor Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore was a great man. A champion of wizard and muggle rights, defender of the innocent, genius, scholar, warrior, philosopher, and general. Founder of the Order of the Phoenix, Dumbledore single-handedly stopped the dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald’s reign of terror, kept the dangerous Elder Wand safe from those who would…

Setting Sail: “Magonia” Book Review

Book spoilers ahead, beware! Described as Neil Gaiman’s Stardust meets John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars, Magonia tells the story of almost-sixteen-year-old Aza Ray Boyle, who suffers from a debilitating and mysterious respiratory condition which hinders her activity. After she “succumbs” to her disease, Aza ascends to the heavens and enters Magonia: a mystical…

I Am the Devil, How Can I Help You?

The devil as typically presented in literature and the arts strikes a red, bloody figure. Often with horns and pitchfork included. But as a fast-food franchise employee? I’ll bet you’ve never seen the devil like this. The premise for the light novel turned anime series The Devil is a Part Timer! is as quirky as it…