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The 2020s have featured a number of intentionally genderflipped films, such as the reboot of Ghostbusters, with mixed (and admittedly largely negative) receptions by audiences and male-dominated online review sites like IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes. We can reasonably guess that films with all-female casts, especially in media properties with nearly-all-male casts, are likely to continue prompting such negative audience reactions, for any number of reasons including simple misogyny, but this…

I'm in a dive in Krakow, luxuriating in the rare experience of being a rich man. I understand the economic principles that allow a poor American to feel like a rich one when abroad, and I acknowledge that the cost of getting here was subsidized via business expense, but it's impossible to not marvel at a four course dinner for $18.

It's an interesting place. A punk rock joint that's been there for, from what I can tell from the bottom layer of stickers and graffiti, at least 20…

A term coined by writer Paul Jennings for Punch magazine in 1966, Anglish is a linguistic purism project conducted on the internet on various wikis and news reporting blogs, such as The Anglish Times, with the goal of communicating modern science and current events in a form of English which omits nearly all words which have etymologies sourced from languages other than English. The majority of foreign vocabulary in English entered the…

A category of hymns in Byzantine Chant music, the troparion consists of one stanza of lyrics, which may be a standalone prayer or part of a series of prayer stanzas, such as Canons, which are performed in rotation throughout different times in the liturgical year, each stanza being representative of the main idea or theme of that day's sermon.

Most commonly, the term troparion is a functional synonym for the apolytikion, the daily thematic hymn dismissing the congregation…