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Dan Clarendon

aspiring television writer, editor, blogger, pilot penner, gay husband, Photoshopper, journalist, native Tampanian, one-time New Yorker, transplanted Chicagoan, IB diploma recipient, City Year alumnus, Hampshire graduate, cat lover, dog whisperer, Taurus, Olympics addict, mixtaper, colossus, klutz, southpaw, culinary wanna-be, cookie monster, cathedral-builder, auteur, punster, pen pal, sounding board, unabashed hedonist, frequent couch potato, bon vivant, good man in a storm

How Disney's Fox Takeover Will Affect Your TV Viewing

There’s a mouse in the Fox house: The Walt Disney Company is set to acquire 21st Century Fox for $71.3 billion of cash and stock, with shareholders approving the deal last summer following an intense bidding war between Disney and Comcast, the parent company of NBCUniversal. The deal is exciting news for moviegoers — the X-Men and the Fantastic Four can finally join the Marvelverse — but what does it mean for TV fans? How will Fox’s TV properties be affected?

Hillsong Church views homosexuality as a ‘lifestyle,’ and frankly, that’s all we need to know

In an Instagram post on February 11, Chris Pratt refuted Ellen Page’s recent claims that Hillsong, his church and that of many other Hollywood types, is “infamously anti-LGBTQ.” In his caption, he gave high praises to Hillsong. Trouble is, we’re just not buying them. “It has recently been suggested that I belong to a church which ‘hates a certain group of people’ and is ‘infamously anti-LGBTQ,’” the Jurassic World star wrote. “Nothing could be further from the truth. I go to a church that opens their doors to absolutely everyone.” Ahem. We daresay a great many things could be “further from the truth” than Page’s assertion.

Is There Hope of Seeing Netflix's Marvel Superheroes Again?

If Netflix’s cancellation of Iron Fist, Luke Cage, and Daredevil last fall was a critical hit to fans of Marvel TV shows, its cancellation of Jessica Jones and The Punisher this week was a kill shot. The streaming service has now axed all of its Marvel shows, ending an empire it announced with great fanfare in 2013. But just like their Avengers counterparts, these Marvel heroes may be primed for a comeback.

Children’s book with trans heroine scores $18k in first week on Kickstarter

A New Zealand-based team of writers and illustrators are taking us back to the Promised Land — specifically, the Promised Land Tales series of LGBTQ-inclusive children’s books. Following the success of 2017’s Promised Land and 2018’s Maiden Voyage, the team has launched a Kickstarter to fund their third book, Raven Wild. The book, a fairy tale with a young trans woman saving the day, has already earned $18k toward its $27k goal within the first week of the campaign.

Our Dogged Devotion to Productivity Is Killing Our Productivity

Everywhere we turn, we're bombarded with messaging that we should be working—and if we are working, we should be working harder. Rise and grind. Hustle harder. Own your moment. Always be closing. Sleep when you're dead. If you love what you do, it doesn't feel like work. Elon Musk is telling us that "nobody ever changed the world on 40 hours a week." We're living in a society, at least in America, where working past the point of exhaustion is exalted.

7 Most '90s Things About the 'X-Files' Pilot, Now 25 Years Old

Twenty-five years ago this month, the world met Fox Mulder (David Duchovny), the brilliant and “spooky” FBI agent who not only catalogued but “wanted to believe” in paranormal phenomena, and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson), the doctor-turned-agent whose skepticism the Bureau entrusted to keep Mulder in check. The X-Files debuted on September 10, 1993, to decent ratings and favorable reviews. So how does that very first episode hold up?

Trailing Partners in Academia Face Unique Career Challenges

Being the partner of an academic is not too dissimilar from being a military spouse. Both of these groups must often follow their significant others to unfamiliar locations, which can result in fewer suitable employment opportunities. Due to lack of access to flexibility, specifically location variety and location independence, these trailing partners are often forced to “opt down” into lower paying, less challenging positions, or leave the workforce entirely.