A graduate student of arts journalism at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, Greg writes essays and criticism on film (mostly older films), independent music, jazz, and literature. Miles Davis, Raymond Chandler, and Pauline Kael are perennial obsessions of his. He's also a theater critic for the Central New York theater website Green Room Reviews: http://greenroomreviews.com/tag/greg-cwik/ He's also on Twitter: @gregcwik1
Caution: Now Entering a Headphone Zone - The Year in Atmospheric Music | 19 Dec 2012 // 5:00 PM
However you define atmospheric music, the albums on this list make a powerfully impressionistic impression. Just don’t expect to find warmth or love in them.
The Critic As Artful Gadfly: Pauline Kael | 14 Nov 2012 // 5:20 PM
At her best, Pauline Kael was everything a film critic should be: passionate, knowledgable, in love with the movies and writing about them, willing to defend her reviews, and vicious. She was also everything movie goers despise in a critic: well-educated, argumentative, stubborn, and vicious.
James Wood's Criticism Is Like Tectonic Plates Under Pressure, Forming Mountain Ridges | 5 Dec 2012 // 5:20 PM
James Wood's new collection of essays and reviews, The Fun Stuff, at once subverts the critic's elitist persona and fortifies it.
The Tragedy of the Family Game in 'The Road to Perdition' | 11 Nov 2012 // 5:15 PM
Sam Mendes’ virtuoso control behind the camera mesmerizes and hypnotizes, his depiction of Depression-era America a stasis of tragedy, each death inevitable but slow to ferment.
Richard Ford's 'Canada' Is His Most Impermanent Work Yet | 17 Mar 2013 // 11:05 PM
Richard Ford writes the way Robert Altman directs: meandering, wavering, opaque and loose but not unfocused or ADHD-hyper, long sentences like long takes zooming in and pulling back and fluttering like passing daydreams.
This Is Baby-Makin’ Music, but Only Bedtime Reading: '98% Funky Stuff' | 11 Mar 2013 // 7:05 PM
His sax leads might lead to sex, but his prose might make you doze.