Covering three genres: science fiction, historical fiction and graphic fiction I’ve reread Gene Wolfe’s Urth of the New Sun, Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall and Gerald Way’s The Umbrella Academy.
Fantasyland by Kurt Andersen - a fantastic 500-year breakdown of how America is primed to believe in fiction and falsehood and how we’ve wound up where we are today. It ties it everything from the Satanic Panic to McCarthyism to the Salem witch trials to the Puritans to the Scopes monkey trial to Disneyland to… Read more
Lonesome Dove. Getting ready for my cattle drive to Montana now!
I just finished a 2008 novel I’d been saving for the right time: a signed copy of Moxyland by Lauren Beukes. Dystopian near-future sci-fi set in South Africa, it is surprisingly current (incl. a pandemic reference!) and the predictions hold up better than most in the genre. Unusually, it has well written characters… Read more
Can’t wait to see this. Kartemquin is a national (not just Chicago) treasure, as is Steve James. Hoop Dreams is better known, but The Interrupters is my favorite of the two films.
Missing Wagnerism by Alex Ross, out 9/15.
It’s a shame that by doing a short review of the movie, you end spoiling it for any first time viewers. This is the kind of movie where it’s best to go in blind. You really don’t know what kind of movie it is. It appears to be a film about nothing, and then just as you’re about to turn it off and watch something more… Read more
Using “I’m Bad” over the footage of Jordan’s 63-point assault on the Boston Garden was an inspired choice. Likewise closing the first episode with “Sirius.” I’m hoping that the music choices hold up over the course of the show.
I only knew Dubus’ name because of his writings that ended up as screenplays. So for years, because of the films and his name, I assumed he was some old ass French guy who wrote this stuff a million years ago and it was only now coming to light with American filmmakers. Read more
D’oh. That’s what I get for thinking I spotted something (and of course, mixing up the two isn’t difficult) and not spotting that “s.” My bad!
This is one of my favorite movies. The way it conveys the numbing pain of losing a child is incredible. All the things you do to try not to think about it, but it’s an ache that never goes away. Read more
Excellent movie. I have turned a ton of people on to this one over the years. That final scene with Frank is absolutely brutal.
Read “His Dark Materials” and just couldn’t get into it.
Maybe he never planned this but it’s fascinating how this links up with that little “Lyra’s Oxford” apocrypha book he publishe 15 years ago. I went back and re-read that and then also the *other* short story be put out--”Once Upon a Time in the North”--wondering if maybe that will also get incorporated at some point.
You’re right, the GoT comparison is way off. I went into it with the same idea based off of some reviews and had to really re-jigger my brain bits to push through. Was 100% happy I did, because it turned out to be a really, really fantastic read.
Awesome roundup. Commenter honorable mention for Esme Weijun Wang’s The Collected Schizophrenias. Was hoping it would make the list! I highly recommend it.