literature, writing

Year of Required Reading, Part 1: To Kill a Mockingbird

A series in which I read books on required reading lists and discuss their merits. Ask anyone in the US to name a book they had to read in school, and they will probably say: To Kill a Mockingbird. Ask them to tell you what it's about, and they will probably mumble something about Scout… Continue reading Year of Required Reading, Part 1: To Kill a Mockingbird

art, film, literature

The Romanoffs is Awesome

Amazon has a lot of money. I wish this was a paid advertisement for their newest series:┬áThe Romanoffs. But it's not. This is an honest review. First off, it's really good on every level. The acting, the originality of the writing, the filming, their thematic choices, the pacing, and the choice of a constant stream… Continue reading The Romanoffs is Awesome

art, literature, writing

Best Books of 2018

I know this title is a bit misleading, but this is the same as I've done for the past ten years. These are my favorite books I read in 2018. Most of them were not published in 2018. Best Literary Fiction: Less by Andrew Sean Greer The novel opens with Less as a failed novelist,… Continue reading Best Books of 2018

art, language, literature, philosophy, writing

Year of Mysteries, Part 9: The Name of the Rose

I'm honestly a bit shocked at how resistant I've been to this book the whole year. I knew it would be "hard," so I kept putting it off. But I love Infinite Jest and Gravity's Rainbow and a bunch of hard books. This book has a reputation it doesn't deserve. I didn't think it was… Continue reading Year of Mysteries, Part 9: The Name of the Rose

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Year of Mysteries, Part 7: The Intuitionist

This was a somewhat enjoyable, quick read, but I had a lot of problems with it. The Intuitionist takes place in a strange alternate world. It's presumably alternate history, because much of the politics has to do with integration and Lila being the first female, black elevator inspector. But it's not quite our world, because… Continue reading Year of Mysteries, Part 7: The Intuitionist

literature, philosophy, physics, writing

The Three-Body Problem is Awesome

If you've been around this blog this year, then you know I fell into a bit of a slump. I was reading things, but nothing seemed to connect. In fact, it all seemed derivative, flat, and downright bad. I've gotten out of that somehow, and I seem to have hit a period where most things… Continue reading The Three-Body Problem is Awesome

art, ethics, film, philosophy

Mother! is Awesome

There haven't been a lot of movies I've seen in the past year or so that I thought were great. Last month I saw Mother!, and it was awesome. Now, I'm not going to spoil the more disturbing things in this movie, so I don't think I need a "trigger warning" for this post. In… Continue reading Mother! is Awesome