Diane Leach

Diane Leach has a Master's Degree in English Literature from Humboldt State University. Her work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, New Mobility, and The Collagist. She can be reached at dianesleach@gmail.com.

Features // 5 Articles
Columns // 4 Articles
Reviews // 197 Articles
Blogs // 50 Articles
//Features

Ayn Rand and the World She Made | 8 Nov 2009 // 2:59 PM

Ayn Rand set out to remake reality as if it were an ill-fitting dress: by sheer will, she tried to fashion a Balenciaga gown from a housedress.

Moonwalking | 7 Jul 2009 // 4:00 PM

My God, could that man dance. Michael Jackson moved like the love child of Gene Kelly and Cyd Charisse.

//Columns

2013 Was a Fine Year to Have Your Head In a Book | 12 Jan 2014 // 8:05 PM

Five books published in 2013 that stayed with me, that I found myself urging on others, that I now say to you, Hey! Read this!

Riding Into a Nightmare: 'A Train in Winter' | 22 Jan 2012 // 3:00 PM

Caroline Moorehead's A Train In Winter, like Daniel Mendelsohn's The Lost, leaves nothing to the imagination, a decision that makes reading it simultaneously engrossing and deeply disturbing.

//Reviews

War Changes People, Though Not Necessarily for the Better | 6 May 2015 // 2:00 AM

Predating Suite Française in time and tone The Fires of Autumn is an amazingly prescient look at war and greed.

'The Light of the World' Explores How to Cope When a Light Goes Out | 26 Apr 2015 // 8:05 PM

In April 2012, Ficremariam Ghebreyseus collapsed on the treadmill in the house he shared with wife Elizabeth Alexander. Yet her memoir stubbornly adheres to joy.

//Blogs

'Astonish Me' Raised My Eyebrows, But Not for the Reasons You Might Think | 24 Apr 2015 // 4:17 AM

I can only agree with the title. I am astonished.

With 'Spices & Seasons' the Pleasure Is in the Results | 16 Apr 2015 // 5:00 AM

Today's cookbook buyer expects great writing, tight editing, and museum-level photography. We also expect fantastic food.

//Mixed media
//Blogs

Can Video Game Mechanics Be “Trashy”?

// Moving Pixels

"Speed is the pornography of video games. Like adding skin to a film, adding speed to a game isn't usually about making the game a more thoughtful experience. It is about exciting its audience's instincts on the most visceral level possible.

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