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Jennifer Makowsky
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Jennifer studied Literature and Creative Writing at The University of Arizona where she received her MFA.  Her fiction and poetry have appeared online and in print. She has also published articles on various pop-culture-related subjects, including the night she almost died to the music of 38 Special and her unhealthy teenage obsession with Duran Duran.


Features

Tuesday, November 8 2005

Where's My Dylar?: Don DeLillo's White Noise

DeLillo's 1985 masterpiece has its finger on the pulse of our most universal preoccupations.


Columns

Tuesday, October 30 2012

'Something Wicked this Way Comes' Is Both Creepy and Confused

Is Ray Bradbury's classic a horror film? Well, not exactly. Is it a family film? Nah, it has too many genuine scares for the kiddies. Is it perfect for Halloween? Well, Mr. Dark is delightfully wicked...


Thursday, August 23 2012

Putting the Bite Back into Snow White with 'Snow White and the Huntsman'

After some bland remakes of this classic fairytale, it's nice to see the poison put back into Snow White's apple.


Sunday, June 24 2012

What It Means to Be Human: 'Never Let Me Go''

The film, Never Let Me Go, follows the book relatively well, although it eliminates some of the story, and isn't able to mirror the novel's careful and timed revelations about the mystery of Hailsham's students.


Wednesday, April 25 2012

'Lord of the Flies' Still Reigns

Fear and brutality inherent in the human condition and the drive to survive are themes that have never gone out of fashion. The stakes get even higher when those involved are children, and that's obviously a big seller.


Monday, February 27 2012

'A Moveable Feast' in 'Midnight in Paris'

Ernest Hemingway compared Paris to a moveable feast because no matter what time it is, Paris is always the magnificent city of lights. Woody Allen expands upon Hemingway's testimony in the magical Midnight in Paris.


Blinded by Science [28.Oct.08]
Rebel Rebel [28.Jul.08]
Love on the Rocks [29.Jun.08]
The Escape Artist [23.Mar.08]
The Good Shepherd [19.Dec.07]
The Lisbon Bunch [13.Jun.07]
We Like to Watch [15.Apr.07]
Soulless [21.Feb.07]
Vamping It Up [30.Oct.06]
Lolita's Balls! [19.Sep.06]
Bradbury on Fire [31.May.06]
Swimming Home [24.Apr.06]
Vintage Venom [26.Feb.06]
Austen's Powers [14.Dec.05]

Reviews

Tuesday, July 15 2014

'Mind of Winter' Is a Thrilling Page-Turner with Shimmering Prose and a Heart-Wrenching Ending

Laura Kasischke's tenth novel is a dark fairytale about the sacrifices of motherhood and of secrets so deep, we learn to keep them even from ourselves.


Wednesday, May 28 2014

The Characters in 'Acts of God' Personify the Expression, "Grace Under Pressure"

With quick wit and clean prose, Ellen Gilchrist reminds us of the human race's ability to face life's curveballs with persistence and grace.


Monday, April 21 2014

'McSweeney's Internet Tendency' Takes on the Bathroom Reading Format

The beloved McSweeney's is stripped of its Internet cloak and laid before us on the bare, naked pages of print.


Monday, March 31 2014

Sex and Inelegance in the City

If Sex in the City had been based on reality, it would have been more like the The Harm in Asking: My Clumsy Encounters with the Human Race.


Monday, March 10 2014

The Big Reveal: 'I Want to Show You More'

In her debut collection of stories, I Want to Show You More, Jamie Quatro reveals her talent for examining the desire and vulnerability inside us all.


Blogs

Wednesday, September 17 2014

12 Essential Songs for the Kate Bush Novice

While Kate Bush is a national treasure in the UK, US listeners don't know her so well. The following 12 songs capture her irrepressible spirit.


Wednesday, August 20 2014

It's a Sad, Sad Situation: The 10 Best Sappy Love Songs of the '70s

If you were a child of the '70s, you no doubt grew up hearing these tunes slipping out your parents' eight-track player and car radio. The songs on the list are sappy, high-drama love ballads -- and for that they're being celebrated


Wednesday, July 9 2014

Orange Popsicles and Lemonade: 20 Timeless Songs of Summer

Whether you're at the beach or just hanging out in the backyard, these timeless summer classics are sure to make the summer sun shine a little bit brighter.


Tuesday, October 8 2013

Goldfrapp - "Annabel" (video)

Following the video for “Drew“ from their latest album, Tales of Us, Goldfrapp has released a video for "Annabel".


Tuesday, July 30 2013

Elf Power's 'Sunlight on the Moon' to be Released This October

Athens, Georgia-based Elf Power will be dropping a new album titled 'Sunlight on the Moon' on October 1, marking the band's tenth studio album release.


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