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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, November 25 2014

Alex Capus' Latest Book Is a Wild Ride Through the Wild West

Filled with six charming tales about the American West in the 19th Century, Skidoo is an off-the-wall history lesson about the American Frontier most of us were never taught in school.


Sunday, November 16 2014

A Rural Youth is Curated in John Updike's 'Olinger Stories'

John Updike is able to highlight the details of domestic life in a way that turns the mundane into something sacred and significant.


Thursday, September 25 2014

'The Girls from Corona del Mar' Is a Serious Study of Female Friendship

The challenges of adulthood can alter the friendships we forge in childhood.


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.


Blogs

Wednesday, November 26 2014

The 10 Best Flaming Lips Sci-Fi Songs

In honor of the band with the most U.F.O.s and robots, here are the ten best Flaming Lips songs based on all things science fiction.


Wednesday, October 29 2014

12 Must-Have Songs for Your Halloween Playlist

Before you go out to your favorite haunted house or visit your favorite witchy woman, be sure to have the proper monster music handy.


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.


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