Working conditions of movie theater janitors

The major chains — AMC, Regal Entertainment and Cinemark — no longer rely on teenage ushers to keep the floors from getting sticky. Instead, they have turned to a vast immigrant workforce, often hired through layers of subcontractors. That arrangement makes it almost impossible for janitors to make a living wage. Alvarez got hurt on […]

What is the point of drama?

The point of writing about the extremes of human behaviour is not to discourage wickedness by pointing out the inevitability of it’s comeuppance: “Don’t do this at home’” is as misleading a description of what writing counsels “Go thou and do likewise.” The awful truth is that the response most great writing about wickedness provokes […]

Pizzagate: A slice of fake news

Al Letson: And the first clue you guys had was Carmen Katz’s Facebook post. It went up on October 29th, 10 days before the election. Laura, why don’t you read some of that post for us. L. Starecheski: Okay. It says, “My NYPD source said it’s much more vile and serious. We’re talking an international […]

Puppeteer Parasite

A form of Body Horror common in alien invasion plots. Aliens, rather than invading in their own form, insert themselves into (usually unwilling or unaware) humans, whereupon they completely take over the host’s body, suppress their will, and generally make them not themselves. They generally do this because their natural form is some kind of […]

Dirty words in the Dictionary, Samuel Johnson anecdote

Dear Quote Investigator: After Samuel Johnson published his masterful dictionary of the English language he was reportedly approached by two prudish individuals: “Mr. Johnson, we are glad that you have omitted the indelicate and objectionable words from your new dictionary.” “What, my dears! Have you been searching for them?” via https://quoteinvestigator.com/2013/09/22/improper-search/