Ghazanchetsots Cathedral: An Emblem of Artsakh’s Spirit and a Light in the Darkness

Copyright: Jenna Guidi

“And I add my own love to the history of people who have loved beautiful things, and looked out for them, and pulled them from the fire, and sought them when they were lost, and tried to preserve them and save them while passing them along literally from hand to hand, singing out brilliantly from the wreck of time to the next generation of lovers, and the next.”

–Donna Tartt, The Goldfinch

The first time I read this quote from The Goldfinch, I cried because of how viscerally I understood the idea behind it. Today, I feel it. That visceral feeling that was once emotive from the mere power of words is now visceral because I fully understand an emotion with my entire being. Beautiful things are a reflection of beautiful people. They are the blood, sweat, and tears of architects. It’s just a building. It can be rebuilt–a sentiment I grasp fully. I’ve walked through Ground Zero and felt the haunting absence of every soul whose life was tragically taken that September morning.

But with Shushi’s Ghazanchetsots Cathedral, it’s personal. It’s unexplainable because it’s all in me. It is all in my soul. It feels personal because this idea of beautiful things is transcendent through its effect on humanity. The Ghazanchetsos Cathedral wasn’t just where I was Baptized, but those who’ve come before, those who’ve come after. It’s millions of prayers. It’s the spirit and love of every soul who’s entered it leaving behind a piece of themselves to our history. God isn’t the church, it’s the people, but where there’s immaculate history and grace, God is at its forefront. When a church is attacked, its people are, too–every single one who’s ever loved it, near or far.

Every single attack from Azerbaijan has been personal. Every single innocent soul that was lost in battle cut through our bones. It’s an attack on all of us, our souls, and our hearts. But we are a nation that’s learned how to stand up again and again–a nation who’ll always take care of beautiful things.

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Bridgerton: They’re Coming and so are The Marvelous Geeks Society Papers

Bridgerton: Julia Quinn, if you haven’t already begun reading Quinn’s deliciously engaging historical romance series set in England then we’re here to convince you to do so. First, Dame Julie Andrews will be narrating as Lady Whistledown–that should be more than enough reason because, really, it doesn’t get more sensational. This is peak period drama perfection.

Episode 105 of BRIDGERTON Cr. LIAM DANIEL/NETFLIX © 2020

There’s eight of them, all alphabetically named. (It’s excellent, go with it.) And their darling mother who’s certainly not a Mrs. Bennet. Violet Bridgerton is a delight. The Bridgertons are an intriguing bunch, each complex and endearing in their own way and unfairly stunning. You’re going to have at least more than one favorite, or in our case, all eight of them. We really do love them all. It’s almost impossible not to.

Christmas Day. 2020. A very Merry Bridgerton Holiday indeed.

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We’ve already jumped on the Bridgerton brigade here at Marvelous Geeks with the hour long podcast preluding what’s to come. And we’re just beginning. There’s so much to unpack with the eight books–we wouldn’t even know where to begin, but we suppose The Duke and I is a good start.

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We Are Our Mountains: Armenia’s Desire to Live in Peace

Marvelous Geeks is primarily an entertainment website, but we pride ourselves on inclusivity and fighting alongside the right causes. We spoke about the tragedies that my home, Artsakh faced in July briefly in our “Do the Next Right Thing” article, but we’re now coming to you with a desperation like we’ve never felt before. I’m always willing to fight for TV cancellations. I’m always willing to talk about entertainment, but I’m coming here today to ask that you please help us fight this war by spreading the awareness that we need.

“On Sunday, September 27, 2020, Armenians woke up to news that the Azerbaijani Armed Forces had launched an offensive along the full length of the Line of Contact with Artsakh, including helicopter and unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) drone assaults as tank units advanced. The operation had begun shortly after 7:00 a.m. local time, according to Major-General Jalal Harutyunyan, Commander of the Artsakh Defense Army.”

When it comes to talking about home, I’ve accepted that words will always fail me. For those who aren’t familiar, my mother is from Artsakh, a part of Armenia that Azerbaijan has claimed as theirs. Some of you might also be unfamiliar with the Armenian Genocide of 1915, an unsurprising tragedy in the United States because much like a lot of genocides, it isn’t featured in our textbooks. In short, the Ottoman Empire, in 1915 attempted the ethnic cleansing of Armenians, but our ancestors survived to tell their stories–to keep our culture alive.

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The Revolutionary Impact of Hamilton On and Off Broadway ft. Morgan McNair

Episode 33: The Revolutionary Impact of Hamilton On and Off Broadway ft. Morgan McNair

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On this week’s episode of Marvelous Geeks, Gissane Sophia and Morgan McNair sit down to discuss the production of Hamilton that aired on Disney+. They discuss the first time they heard the album, their favorite tracks, and the fact that the hype behind Hamilton is revolutionary for a reason–changing the way people who aren’t typically into Broadway look at the world of musical theatre.

We hope you’re staying safe and healthy. God bless.

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Save Sanditon: The Inimitable Fandom’s Remarkable Campaign to Renew the Beloved Jane Austen Adaptation

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Believe us when we say we’ve been around these neck of the woods for a long time now, actively paying close attention to all types of fandoms and how the world of social media operates around media. Marvelous Geeks is going on a decade in the world of TV and film reviews thus, it’s safe to say we’ve seen a lot. We’ve seen cancellations and renewals. We’ve seen campaigns run high and low to save beloved shows. We’ve seen successes and failures. But without exaggeration, we’ve never seen a fandom fight as hard as the Sanditon Sisterhood.

It’s been an honor and an absolute joy to watch the Twitter campaigns blossom into recognition from Amazon Prime executives. An absolute joy to watch their petitions rise to impeccable numbers. And today, an astonishment to see them reach artists that could spread their campaign even further.

The Sanditon campaign reached World-Renowned Artist, Simon Beck and he has created a special #SaveSanditon sand art on the famous Brean Beach in the UK with the help of three volunteers of the Sanditon Sisterhood.  Brean Beach was used countless times as filming location for the series, and the funds to commission the artist was raised by the fans in just a few hours. WHAT!? This is exactly what we mean when we say we haven’t seen anything like this. Fans of NBC’s Timeless know what it’s like to rise to such heights in ensuring the series gets Comic Con recognition. So we’re looking to you, Amazon. There’s a lot you might regret but saving Sanditon, and gifting this incredibly resilient fandom with a second season won’t be one of them.

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FX’s The Americans and All the Reasons Why Everyone Should Watch It ft. Katie Kawa

Episode 32: FX’s The Americans and All the Reasons Why Everyone Should Watch It ft. Katie Kawa

On this week’s episode of Marvelous Geeks, Gissane Sophia sits down with the inimitable Katie Kawa, head writer and founder of Nerdy Girl Notes to discuss Emmy award winning TV drama, The Americans! We discuss the series’ strengths and lovingly call out anyone who’s into TV/film who still hasn’t watched the show.

There are spoilers half way through the podcast and you are warned when to turn it off if you want to remain unspoiled.

We hope you’re all safe and healthy!

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Hopes for the Upcoming Bridgerton TV Show and Ranking the Book Series ft. Jenna Guidi

Episode 31: Hopes for the Upcoming Bridgerton TV Show and Ranking the Book Series ft. Jenna Guidi

On this week’s episode of Marvelous Geeks, Gissane Sophia and Jenna Guidi are back to discuss what’s taken over their lives since March, the Bridgertons! Bridgerton is a collection of eight historical romance books written by the inimitable Julia Quinn that’s coming to Netflix sometime this year. (That’s another point of this podcast, a plea for Netflix to give it to us sooner than later. Please.) We rank the books based on our favorites, discuss our favorite pairings, and share our hopes for the TV series.

This is not a spoiler free podcast. If you haven’t read the books and want to be surprised, hold off listening until you do.

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Taylor Swift’s Folklore Album Review ft. Amanda Lee

Marvelous Geeks Episode 30: Taylor Swift’s Folklore Album Review ft. Amanda Lee

On this week’s episode of Marvelous Geeks, Gissane Sophia sits down with the biggest Taylor Swift fan she knows, one of her favorite humans, Amanda Lee. The two discuss their top favorite songs off of Folklore along with their favorite lyrics from each song. They also choose a favorite song from Swift’s entire discography.

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Profound Gratitude for The Good Place’s “Whenever You’re Ready” and Why it’s One of the Most Unforgettable Series Finales to Exist

I’m still not ready to talk about this episode or The Good Place in its entirety as a series. I might never be ready, but that’s the point isn’t it—to take the leaps even when we aren’t fully there? The Good Place is an incredibly special show. It’s remarkably unique and its series finale singlehandedly takes the crown in nuanced comedy.

My immediate thoughts with tears streaming down my face went as followed: “I’ve loved and appreciated a lot of endings, but there’s something about the timing of this one that’s so perfectly fitting for the world right now. The performances, the organically meta storytelling, and the ode to “Pandemonium,” one of my all time favorite TV episodes ever. There are always going to be good days and bad days, slow days and quiet days, heartbreaks and healings. But there’s magic in the uncertainty and I believe that with a fervency so deep, I can’t imagine who I’d be if I didn’t. What a beautiful way to go while effortlessly leaving such a tremendous mark on television. I hope this inspires future writers to see that the world isn’t tired of touching stories that reflect on humanity, our complexities, and the friendships we find along the way. “Whenever You’re Ready.” What a hearty, perfect title. As much as I understand the idea that there are things we’ll never be ready for and we’ve got to take risks in life, sometimes you have to wait. It’s comforting to be left with the clarification that it’s okay to wait.”

January 13, 2020 seems like a lifetime ago—we might have been ready for a great number of things back then, but a full-fledged global pandemic wasn’t one of them. (And one we’re still dealing with. P.S. firmly believe that wearing a mask will land you points into the good place. Get on it.) Kristen Bell’s characters have been busy spreading some of my favorite messages this year, technically last year with Frozen’s Anna, but between “Do the Next Right Thing” and “Whenever You’re Ready” serving as glimpses of hope in this darkness, I’m grateful.

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Save Sanditon and the Plea for a Renewal ft. Jenna Guidi

Marvelous Geeks · Episode 29: Save Sanditon the Plea for A Renewal ft. Jenna Guidi

On this week’s episode of Marvelous Geeks, Gissane Sophia returns after an unplanned hiatus (blame technology and app updates) to talk all things ITV/PBS’s Sanditon with the ever so talented artist and fellow historical romance enthusiast Jenna Guidi. We get into some of our favorite parts of the series, promise to return for full episode reviews if there’s a renewal, and talk all things TV series and trust issues.

If you have a moment, please sign the petition for a Sanditon renewal that will properly honor Jane Austen’s legacy and happily ever after ending. www.change.org/p/itv-give-us-sanditon-series-2

And if you’re on Twitter, please give this particular tweet a RT to show amazon that you want a renewal. twitter.com/primevideouk/status…1273247132347179009

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