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<i>Stay</i>, Clute
  Strange Horizons has now posted my review of John Clute's latest collection of materials, Stay . A taste: Even a mere glance through Stay , John Clute’s latest
collection of book reviews, short stories, and lexicon entries, (or
through any of Clute's bo...
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<i>The Elements of Academic Style</i> by Eric Hayot
Dr. Parenti: We get the grant, we study the problem, we propose solutions. If they listen, they listen. If they don't, it still makes for great research. What we publish on this is gonna get a lot of attention. Colvin: From who? Dr. Parenti: From other rese...
Dr. Parenti: We get the grant, we study the problem, we propose solutions. If they listen, they listen. If they don't, it still makes for great research. What we publish on this is gonna get a lot of attention. Colvin: From who? Dr. Parenti: From other researchers, academics. Colvin: Academics?
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Ending the World with Hope and Comfort
A friend pointed me toward Sigrid Nunez's New York Times review of Emily St. John Mandel's popular and award-winning novel Station Eleven . He said it expressed some of the reservations that caused me to stop reading the book, and it does — at the end of he...
A friend pointed me toward Sigrid Nunez's New York Times review of Emily St. John Mandel's popular and award-winning novel Station Eleven. He said it expressed some of the reservations that caused me to stop reading the book, and it does — at the end of her piece, Nunez says exactly what I was ...
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2014: Books and Stuff
Penny Arcade Portrait of Lauren Bacall by Joseph Cornell   I was going to write a long account of all the various things I read, saw, listened to, etc. this year, as a way of preserving some of the experience of the year for myself, and maybe offering some ...
I was going to write a long account of all the various things I read, saw, listened to, etc. this year, as a way of preserving some of the experience of the year for myself, and maybe offering some amusement for the occasional random reader ... but the drafts became unwieldy, and nobody, ...
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Mr. Turner and Mr. Turing
Two new biographical films give viewers an opportunity to see diametrically opposite approaches not just to biography, but to film narrative itself. A warning: I saw Mr. Turner and The Imitation Game months ago (as part of the annual Telluride at Dartmouth ...
Two new biographical films give viewers an opportunity to see diametrically opposite approaches not just to biography, but to film narrative itself. A warning: I saw Mr. Turner and The Imitation Game months ago (as part of the annual Telluride at Dartmouth festival), and my thoughts here are ...
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Fassbinder's <i>Lili Marleen</i>
I attended a screening of Rainer Werner Fassbinder's 1980 film Lili Marleen at the Fassbinder: Romantic Anarchist series at Lincoln Center last weekend, and it was an extraordinary experience. This is one of Fassbinder's weirdest and in some ways most probl...
I attended a screening of Rainer Werner Fassbinder's 1980 film Lili Marleen at the Fassbinder: Romantic Anarchist series at Lincoln Center last weekend, and it was an extraordinary experience. This is one of Fassbinder's weirdest and in some ways most problematic films, a movie for which he had ...
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Could It Be ... SATAN?!
Press Play recently posted a new video essay I created on Satan in cinema along with a brief text essay . Here's the beginning of the text essay, should you need some enticement... The character of Satan seems far more appealing to
filmmakers than the chara...
The character of Satan seems far more appealing to filmmakers than the character of God. This may be for reasons of propriety: one should not, perhaps, make too many images of God. But since when has Hollywood cared about anything other than money and stardom? God isn't any good for either.
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<i>Anton Chekhov's Selected Stories: A Norton Critical Edition</i> edited by Cathy Popkin
My name is Matthew and I am a Norton Critical Edition addict. Hardly a term has gone by without my assigning students at least one NCE, both when I was a high school teacher and especially now that I'm teaching college students. (This term, it's The Red Bad...
My name is Matthew and I am a Norton Critical Edition addict. Hardly a term has gone by without my assigning students at least one NCE, both when I was a high school teacher and especially now that I'm teaching college students. (This term, it's The Red Badge of Courage.) ...
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Canon? Balls!
This past term, the course I taught was titled "Introduction to Literary Analysis" . It's the one specific course that is required for all English majors, and it's also available as a general education credit for any other undergraduates. It's purpose is si...
This past term, the course I taught was titled "Introduction to Literary Analysis". It's the one specific course that is required for all English majors, and it's also available as a general education credit for any other undergraduates. It's purpose is similar to that of any Introduction to ...
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<I>The Beautiful Screaming of Pigs</i> by Damon Galgut
For years, I've said I like novels to be x, y, or z; often that x, y, or z meant (in some way or another) unsettling,
challenging, surprising... But those words feel inadequate, because
inevitably there are things that are, for instance, unsettling in
un...
For years, I've said I like novels to be x, y, or z; often that x, y, or z meant (in some way or another) unsettling, challenging, surprising... But those words feel inadequate, because inevitably there are things that are, for instance, unsettling in unproductive ways — a pulpy, detailed story ...
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Ferguson. Power.
Ferguson, Missouri. Nov. 24, 2014. (Photo by Adrees Latif/Reuters) from "Power" by Audre Lorde: I am trapped on a desert of raw gunshot wounds and a dead child dragging his shattered black face off the edge of my sleep blood from his punctured cheeks and sh...
If you expect Never Let Me Go to be about cloning, you will be disappointed. If you expect to be able to read it as a logical science fict... "Stone Animals" by Kelly Link. If Kelly Link isn't the best short story writer in the U.S., then she's the equal of whoever is.
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The Hudson Prize and <i>Blood: Stories</i>
  The first book written for adults that I ever coveted and loved and read to pieces was a short story collection: Stephen King's Night Shift , from which my cousin read me stories when we were both probably much too young, and which was one of the first bo...
The first book written for adults that I ever coveted and loved and read to pieces was a short story collection: Stephen King's Night Shift, from which my cousin read me stories when we were both probably much too young, and which was one of the first books I ever bought myself.
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