ISA HOPKINS

Raconteur. Adventurer. Kimchi Enthusiast.

Fightin’ Foos

I don’t understand music.  This is not to say that I don’t love music – I do, and I listen to it nearly constantly, across a wide variety of artists and genres – but, on a fundamental level, it doesn’t make sense to me.  It’s like listening to a foreign language, where I can enjoy the immediacy of sonic experience and even recognize certain sounds or patterns, but the underlying meaning – why.. Read More

The Way We Live

My head remains too congested for any serious analysis.  Until then, some interesting bits and pieces about the various environmental damages we’ve wrought as unintended consequences of our pursuit of modernity.  Also, a fascinating discussion of FarmVille, the egregiously popular Facebook game in which users obligate themselves to maintaining a virtual farm. I’ll admit it, I’m not much of a gamer in general, but I particularly do not understand the appeal of FarmVille:.. Read More

Unpacking Betty’s Knapsack

This past spring, “Ugly Betty” ended its four-year run.  I had stopped watching the show after its (not very good) second season, but when I heard it was over, I headed over to abc.com to see how it ended — and the final episodes were so well-done that I joined Netflix for the sole purpose of catching up on seasons three and four (and cancelled my account immediately thereafter).  I’ve been thinking about.. Read More

Book Review: “Empire of Illusion”

I recently finished a short little book (more of a long essay, really) by Chris Hedges, entitled “Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle.”  Generally I prefer my polemics to be of a more easily digestible length, but this was recommended by a friend, so I stuck it out, growing progressively more frustrated along the way. Hedges’s position — not uncommon amongst a certain breed of scholars, both.. Read More

The Last Racebender

I was relieved to discover that “The Last Airbender” received terrible reviews, for a variety of reasons (the cartoon was just about the perfect format to tell the full narrative), but particularly because the characters which were, in the series, ambiguously Asian or Native became, in the film, all white.  Except the villains.  The good guys are all white, and the Fire Nation is now Indian.  NPR’s television blog, which I normally find.. Read More