Depth of Field: The Glorious Scale of the NBA Finals’ Game 5

The Toronto Raptors were not supposed to be here. I don't mean here as in the NBA Finals. Here, as in up 3-1 in the series and back in Jurassic Park for game 5, with history at their feet. They'd been among the top teams in the Eastern Conference for the better part of the season, so it wasn't all that surprising they had the championship within their grasp, but they were up against the Golden State Warriors, a megazord entity that seemingly doesn't know how to lose. When I think of the Warriors and all that they’ve amassed—three championships in the past five years; top-dog status in the league; a litany of records I won’t attempt to list here …

Depth of Field: The Spooky Symmetry of Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump

Symmetry disquiets. So often people, objects, or circumstances align too perfectly, too terrifyingly for our comfort. Order can feel unsettling and foreign when chaos is the sole unchanging factor. This week, nothing brought that notion to light more starkly than the image of Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner standing, uniformly framed, in a window at Buckingham Palace. Captured by Samir Hussein, the inanimate, spooky tone of the photograph evokes an immediate emotional reaction. There's a strange emptiness to it all, and yet the picture is rich in metaphorical dimension. Its composition carries a dark tenor, reflective of present and lurking evils. What is it trying to tell us? Starting Monday, President Trump, along with his family, made a state visit …

Depth of Field: Game of Thrones Was Always Doomed to Disappoint

I've never seen an episode of Game of Thrones, which, in this case, makes me the perfect critic. I come with no bias, no allegiance, no screwball theories as to how the series finale failed to rise to to the level of its previous seasons (as I've heard). All that I know of Game of Thrones I've acquired via Twitter. What I've mostly discerned is this: It's a show about sex and dragons and dragon sex (I'm actually not sure about the latter, but if I'm being honest—and I always strive to be—that'd be incredibly cool); Peter Dinklage has a role on it; there was a very-hard-to-see (literally) battle at night where the Night King (the blue-faced Darth Maul–looking dude) …