Thursday, October 19 2017
"Creepy clowns" have become the rule, not the exception. How and when did clowns change from entertainers to tormentors?
Tuesday, October 17 2017
A thread runs through Pasolini's artistic and political work for which he used various terms to identify the sacred, the mythic, the soul, and the spirit -- all strategies for appreciating life in even the most difficult circumstances.
Tuesday, October 10 2017
These are multiple works of genre history and works tackling important issues of race, class, and gender. All challenge dominant narratives of music.
Monday, October 9 2017
Kapuscinski's journalism reminds us that the boundary between truth and fiction is one that needs to be pushed at more often.
Friday, October 6 2017
While the post-9/11 period and its racialization and criminalization of brown bodies marked one epoch of the South Asian experience, recent South Asian immigrant literature suggests the beginning of another frame: sexuality.
Monday, October 2 2017
Waiting for the Punch an engaging read of excerpts from the WTF Podcast, shows that "(E)veryone’s journey to the bottom is different."
Friday, September 29 2017
Many can relate to the sense of being a monster in a human suit, of being “unnatural”, of the ways in which queer people are constantly reminded that something is amiss about their desire.
Wednesday, September 27 2017
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, now being adapted for a feature film, artfully balances dark humor and cathartic pathos.
To some, Pahrump, Nevada, is just a stop on the back roads to Death Valley. To Watkins, it's a fringe town within a fringe state -- a place where literature can take root.
Tuesday, September 26 2017
Mihail Sebastian's depiction of the many faces of anti-Semitism in For Two Thousand Years, from workplace jokes to street violence, is breath-taking in its horror.
Monday, September 25 2017
Black creative and economic self-determination within the music industry didn’t begin with Chance the Rapper, or Prince, or even Motown.
Friday, September 22 2017
Cristina de Stefano’s discusses her perceptive insight into the fascinating Italian journalist with Oriana Fallaci, a book delivered in a riveting and engaging narrative style that’s evocative of Fallaci herself.
Thursday, September 21 2017
Nordisk Books, a small, UK-based press, is behind the push of a Nordic literature revival. PopMatters talks with Duncan Lewis about taking the genre beyond the usual crime novels.
Tuesday, September 19 2017
The "Object Lessons" series continues with this brief but rich exploration into why we see, when we see, how clearly we see, and what we understand about the things we see.
Monday, September 18 2017
Theatre practitioner Catherine Hernandez reveals the complexity of representation and responsibility in writing fiction.
Friday, September 15 2017
An examination of how AMC's Breaking Bad played with the conventions of time, character, and attitude.
Wednesday, September 13 2017
This book is a compelling and exhaustively detailed account of a man at peace with his life, a man who may... be pleased with a final exit that sees him keeling over dead in mid-sermon.
Friday, September 8 2017
An examination of the changing political/ sexual/ power roles of women in international television crime and prison drama, from The Sopranos through Orange is the New Black.
Friday, September 1 2017
Neither bombs nor bumbling Americans broke the will of the Vietnamese. Something far more insidious and far-reaching, however, may have.
Tuesday, August 29 2017
Fringe bohemians and academic dropouts can produce great beauty and brilliance, in addition to great horrors. So what’s the point?