Mix Tape Literary Journal

A Literary Journal for Popular Culture

The Next Harry Potter / The Next Hunger Games?

What is with the sudden trend in calling every book series that has some popularity, the “next Harry Potter” or the “next Hunger Games?”  In most cases, these book series … Continue reading

August 5, 2013 · Leave a comment

A Look Into The World of Veronica Roth’s Divergent

“One choice decides your friends. One choice defines your beliefs. One choice determines your loyalties— Forever. One choice can transform you.” When I first heard about Veronica Roth’s Divergent, I … Continue reading

August 1, 2013 · Leave a comment

Witches, Warlocks, Werewolves, Vampires, Oh My!

Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones is the first book in The Mortal Instruments series. The Mortal Instruments is a five book series. The series is a #1 … Continue reading

July 26, 2013 · Leave a comment

Interview with Alfred Howard: San Diego Lyricist and Overall Music Aficionado

It is a sweltering hot Monday evening as I walk into Cow Records in Ocean Beach to chat with Cow employee and San Diego local music celebrity, Alfred Howard. I … Continue reading

May 15, 2013 · Leave a comment

Daniel Tosh is NOT a Racist: an alternate look at “offensive” jokes

Daniel Tosh makes jokes that could easily be interpreted as offensive across the board– he implicates men as well as women.  You are probably already citing the overplayed rape controversy … Continue reading

May 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

Zombies and Bacon: Why The Obsession?

“Every guy secretly fantasizes about a zombie apocalypse, you know” Well this was certainly some highly top secret information that was passed on to me by a group of sixth grade … Continue reading

May 7, 2013 · Leave a comment

Record Store Day 2013: A Little Something for Everyone

Whether you are a die-hard connoisseur of music, with an impressive record collection, or a part time music lover who just bought your first turntable at a flea market, Record … Continue reading

May 5, 2013 · Leave a comment

Go Big or Go Home: Taking Risks in Life, Love, and Tattooing by Kat Von D

HarperCollins 2013 “We have a frequency in us that lets us recognize great art when we experience it. Great art awakens a spiritual part of ourselves” -Kat Von D Go … Continue reading

May 5, 2013 · Leave a comment

Reviewing Hallgrimur Helgason’s “The Hitman’s Guide to Housecleaning”

Tomislav Bokšić is a Croatian career man, and his career is killing. Nicknamed Toxic, this hitman is really good at what he does. Toxic has over 60 hits under his … Continue reading

May 2, 2013 · Leave a comment

SNL meets Punk, meets Literary Theory

It’s hard to be immersed in literary theory.  It’s hard because everything becomes theory, including what was once purely, even guiltily, pleasure.  In that vein, I couldn’t help but draw … Continue reading

April 25, 2013 · Leave a comment

Interview With James Matlack Raney

James Matlack Raney is a young adult, science fiction, and fantasy writer. He grew up all over the world, in Europe, Latin America, and Africa, before winding up in the … Continue reading

April 24, 2013 · 1 Comment

Gollum Covers Taylor Swift

YouTube has become very popular these days. Anyone can post anything there. I often hear about new YouTube videos when I’m watching the Today show in the morning. One morning … Continue reading

April 19, 2013 · 1 Comment

Why so Popular? The Rise of Fairy Tales in Film and TV

What is with the  popularity of fairy tale adaptations in films and TV shows?  2012 saw the release of two “Snow White” movies within weeks of each other. Mirror Mirror … Continue reading

April 16, 2013 · Leave a comment

The World of Oz: Oz the Great and Powerful and a Discussion of it

  On March 23, 2013, I went to a screening of Oz The Great and Powerful and attended a discussion afterwards. I had wanted to see the movie for a … Continue reading

April 11, 2013 · Leave a comment

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