The two papers below were written in spring 2014 for a USC class called Tokyo The Modern City in Literary and Visual Culture taught by Professor Miya Mizuta.
Gaijin in Tokyo: Liberation in Lost in Translation: An exploration of Tokyo as the essential character in Sofia Coppola's Lost in Translation.
Tokyo's Dark Underground: An exploration of Japan's social nature through the lens of Murakami Haruki's non-fiction book Underground (2000).
The following essays were written for a Television Criticism class at USC, taught by Professor Howard Rosenberg.
Burbank and Beale: Primetime Prophets: A critique comparing the implications of Network (dir. Sidney Lumet 1976) and The Truman Show (dir. Peter Weir, 1997).
Swastikas and Synagogues: Being “The Believer”: A review of The Believer (dir. Henry Bean, 2001), a Sundance film starring Ryan Gosling that ended up on Showtime.
In college, I was the head writer of USC's division of Campus Basement, a college news and satire community. My posts for Campus Basement can be found here.
While at USC, I maintained a personal blog that grew fairly popular within the student community. Below are some samples of those posts.