LDM Essays


Unemployed Black Astronaut

A missive on SpaceX and George Floyd.


A straight review of the one-woman show.

Yeong & Gifted

A profile of one of New York’s most exciting new directors.

Review: BlackKklansman

A straight review of Spike Lee’s incendiary new picture.

Is Plankton Black? The Ethnic Identities of Cartoon Characters

An imagining of the races of the denizens of Bikini Bottom and why it matters.

Dude, Where’s My Comedy

Another Netflix review, this time of a stoner-dramedy.

Compulsive Gambler, Careless Lesbian: ‘Kakegurui’ and LGBT Themes

What happens when Netflix’s latest anime succeeds on one front but fails on a few others.

Genius: An Unconventional Expense of My (Limited) Talents and Time

A brief essay on my latest modernist therapy.

‘Neo Yokio’ and the Price of Bad Satire

Analysis of the reason Netflix’s latest show achieves the opposite of its goals.

Does DIY Have a Sexual Assault Problem?

A contextual look at the Lou Diamond & Swordfish incidents and their effect on the scene as a whole.

Notes on Zizek’s “In Defense of Eurocentrism” Lecture

My thoughts on a lecture by Slavoj Zizek, before the release of Incontinence of the Void.