Friday, June 9 2017
Although their writing styles and life experiences differ greatly, Fannie Flagg and Rita Mae Brown each has illuminated what it means to be a woman -- and a lesbian -- in contemporary American society.
Thursday, June 8 2017
The Sing-song Girls of Shanghai and Flowers of Shanghai capture a William S. Borroughs-like Interzone in Old Shanghai.
Wednesday, June 7 2017
A noir protagonist usually finds himself encountering a new danger around each corner. A jazz musician, in venturing into the throes of an intricate composition, must also anticipate the unknown.
The poor workplace conditions that led to this tragedy have been outsourced to places like Bangladesh, where similar factory tragedies happened as recently as 2013.
Tuesday, June 6 2017
Seventy-five years ago Wonder Woman arose to show what a stagnating comic book medium could achieve; now she does it again, and in so doing, rescues the DC franchise from itself.
Fifites' jazz and the Beat Generation are often linked. Aside from the drug use, however, this new book on the history begs to differ.
Monday, June 5 2017
Joan Crawford embodies the universal cipher: a flat, empty surface that reflects anything but reveals nothing. There was never a more perfect actress.
Ichi-F is rich in detail and strikingly perceptive in analysis, and yet it oddly supports the nuclear industry even as the radiation continues to take its toll.
Friday, June 2 2017
Be repelled by this lunatic if you must, but do so at your own risk.
Tuesday, May 30 2017
Walerian Borowczyk is a filmmaker of glimpses and ellipses. Long neglected and obscure, his films are now emerging on Blu-ray.
Fickelgrubers, Prodnoses, and Slugworths: modern candy "freak" Eugene J. reflects on the science behind the literary legend, Willy Wonka.
Friday, May 26 2017
How do we treat our most disturbed fellow citizens? How far should we go to accommodate and tolerate eccentricities for the sake of a good story?
Wednesday, May 24 2017
Among other things, Mastodon rhythm guitarist Bill Kelliher delves into how loss and life shaped their sixth outing, Emperor of Sand.
Tuesday, May 23 2017
The profession of teaching has taught me that Lamott’s view of merciful action is impractical and improper.
Monday, May 22 2017
Wherein Hamlet is no longer a neurotic male in princely guise but a woman invested with an identity crisis.
Friday, May 19 2017
Harry Hill pulls funny faces and he does stupid things. But these are things I like in a comedian (as opposed to, say, a US president).
How Norman Mailer, while preparing 1979's The Executioner's Song, collaborated with Jack Henry Abbott and opened doors that should have remained shut.
Thursday, May 18 2017
David Sedaris' decades-spanning collection of his diary entries reveals the growth of one of America's most beloved humorists.
Wednesday, May 17 2017
There’s no such thing as a premature ending for a video game. There’s only your ending.
In 1975, an aimless teenager goes to an obscure discothèque in Boston and discovers “Get Down Tonight” -- just the kind of funk he's looking for.