Author Archives: DanLevine

Reading Video Games

VIDEO GAMES AND JUNK CULTURE Having largely ignored them for most of my existence, I finally came around to video games a few years ago and have since been exploring the canon, mostly with an emphasis on things made before the year 2000. My interest was initially academic-I’ve been writing a long manuscript on the […]

Undone Season 1 Review

An in-depth look at the new series by the creators of Bojack.

Garry Shandling: Where Does TV End and Where Does Reality Start

Garry Shandling is probably the most hidden major player in the history of TV. No other person could claim equal amounts of influence on both Seinfeld and The Sopranos. The (post)modern age of TV begins when Showtime debuted It’s Garry Shandling’s Show in 1985. The time was very different. IGSS was only the second original […]

The Sopranos Finale Now

Note: if you’ve never watched through The Sopranos, I’m gonna be majorly spoiling the ending here, as per the title of the article. So go do that then come back. There were two creators who essentially put HBO on the map as a place to get things besides boxing matches, second run movies and softcore […]

Oz: The Actual Prison is Your TV

One of my favorite TV series of all time is the short lived Canadian sitcom Twitch City. The show follows the life of a man named Curtis, who literally never leaves his apartment and watches TV all day. We’re confronted with the infinity mirror of us sitting on a couch watching TV where a guy […]

Hollywoo Babylon: Bojack Horseman and the End of TV’s Golden Age

One of the few silver linings of the otherwise atrocious situation we all have found ourselves in is that I was able to watch Netflix’s Bojack Horseman from beginning to end over two months rather than 6 years. Watching it as it came out, I appreciated the show but I don’t think the full scale […]

The Fascists’ Rear Guard

Fascism is an expression of a larger social tendency that, in English language translations of Marx is called “the slaveholders’ revolt.” It is a process by which every couple generations the revolutionary potential of the angry mob is turned in on itself in the hope that the destruction of society is the only hope to […]

We Are A Lost Generation

For almost 10 years now, I have been asked by people “Why are you so angry?” I am part of a generation that has seen, time and time again, that the ground under our feet is not solid. I was 8 years old when the Columbine High School shooting happened. I was aware of it, […]

You Call Yourself a Moderate Because You’re Too Much of A Pussy To Call Yourself An Asshole

It was unbelievably obvious months away from the primaries what the Russian/GOP plan to take down Biden was. They’re gonna hammer him with ads about his son, Burisma, and the probably legitimate #metoo accusations he carries around like some token validating he’s actually a boomer. These things provide enough cover for center-right cowards to vote […]

The Revolution is Now

People know the government is lying to them now.   That’s progress.   People know the system is rigged against them for the benefit of the 1%.   That’s progress. People know the rich don’t care whether they live or die. That’s progress.   People don’t yet think they have recourse or the wherewithal to […]