The most rewarding work as a critic is not in evaluating the flow of big menu items from established artists, but in sampling the little dishes that come along -- like this quartet of obscure, interesting stuff from 2007's first half.
'The New Mutants' Is Rooted Both in Scholarship and in the Rich History of Superhero Narratives
The X-Files: Season 10, Episode 3 - "Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster"
On the Meaningful Nonsense in 'Jottings From a Far Away Place'
Is It Always Better to Think Things Through Twice?
Lucinda Williams: The Ghosts of Highway 20
John Cale: Music for a New Society / M:FANS
The Pines: Above the Prairie
Peter Pál Pelbart's 'Cartography of Exhaustion' Is Exhilarating
"In another stand-alone episode, there's a lot of teen drama and some surprises, but not much potential.