‘The Skinny: Coming soon to a dimension near you’

In this “Skinny,” I wrote about some bizarre upcoming films: One of my favorite current TV shows is “Rick and Morty,” a sci-fi cartoon that has seriously messed-up humor and …

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Iniquity, humility and Donald Trump

Last week, I made an audio essay about my feelings about the election of Donald Trump. Listen below, or continue scrolling to read read the written version. On Tuesday night, …

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‘The Skinny: An entertainment reporter weighs in on 2016 politics’

In this “Skinny,” I discussed the merging of traditional and entertainment news in 2016: Back during the second Presidential Debate, Hillary Clinton blew the last question, which was whether the …

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‘The Skinny: On the songwriting careers of apostles’

In this “Skinny,” I discussed the songwriting careers of LDS apostles: When I discovered that Elder David A. Bednar, apostle of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was …

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‘The Skinny: 2016 is the year of the family film’

In this “Skinny,” I wrote about what a good year 2016 has been for family films: This year, the standout movies so far have been family films. Continue

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‘The Skinny: Utah theater needs to update its color conscience’

In this “Skinny,” I discussed “whitewashed” casting in Utah theater: In the past few months, I have seen several productions in Utah where white actors have portrayed non-white characters. Three …

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‘The Skinny: Introducing the Library Movie Game’

In this “Skinny,” I introduced a game that I invented at the public library: One serious perk being a movie lover who lives in Utah County is the Orem Public …

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‘The Skinny: My world so white’

In this “Skinny,” I discuss living beneath the weight of my own privilege: An embarrassing realization: While speaking recently with Harry Bonner, one of the actors playing the runaway slave Jim …

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‘The Skinny: Theater on the edge’

In this “Skinny,” I discuss Tyler Glenn’s song and music video, “Trash”: Theater on the edge: I don’t seem like an “edgy” person. When I was young, the edgiest thing I …

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‘The Skinny: Talking “Trash”‘

In this “Skinny,” I discuss Tyler Glenn’s song and music video, “Trash”: Talking “Trash”: When Tyler Glenn released the music video for his new single on Friday morning, it was impossible for …

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‘The Skinny: Mormon art needs messiness’

In this “Skinny,” I discuss Mormon art: Needing messiness: When I spoke with “Saturday’s Warrior” creator Lex de Azevedo last week, much of our conversation, and the resulting article in The …

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‘The Skinny: Pain that heals pain’

In this “Skinny,” I say goodbye to my old job and hello to a new one: Pain that heals pain: They say that “pain is gain.” But it’s actually not …

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My short speech on marriage

Today I participated in a well-attended rally for marriage equality in Provo. There was a great spirit and energy throughout the event — we sang songs, listened to short speeches …

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Why I support same-sex marriage

When people start advocating unhealthy dietary lifestyles because they oppose certain romantic or sexual lifestyles, it gives me pause. Since many of my friends are thinking about gay marriage tonight …

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