Reluctant Habits

In Defense of Jaume Collet-Serra

Posted by in collet-serra-jaume, Film

In which it is posited that Jaume Collet-Serra may be another John Frankenheimer in the making, with visual examples from his films.

The Bad Prose Reading Project #1 (“Disinterested Thrusting”)

Posted by in Bad Prose, Dramatic Readings

The first installment of The Bad Prose Reading Project features the phrase “disinterested thrusting” and runs two minutes and 12 seconds.

Review: Of Gods and Men (2010)

Posted by in Film

Xavier Beuavois’s Grand Prix-winning film looks beautiful, but is technical recreation the best way to capture the Trappist monastic experience?

The Sheltering Sky (Modern Library #97)

Posted by in bowles-paul, Modern Library

“When I read about spoiled Americans who abscond with common sense, I have zero sympathy. ” The next exciting installment in the Modern Library Reading Challenge!

The Bat Segundo Show: Adrian Tomine

Posted by in Bat Segundo, Comics, interview, tomine-adrian

In this very special one hour interview, graphic novelist Adrian Tomine discusses Scenes from an Impending Marriage, the intersection between private art and public art, illustrating for The New Yorker, and contending with a nitpicking audience.

List of Independent Alternatives to Closed Borders Bookstores

Posted by in Bookstores, Borders

A response to the Borders bankruptcy, with a lengthy list of independent bookstore alternatives for the 200 closed Borders locations.

The Bat Segundo Show: Eduardo Porter

Posted by in Bat Segundo, Economics, interview, porter-eduardo, Prices

In this 35 minute radio interview, author Eduardo Porter discusses The Price of Everything. Is a belief in prices a religious faith? And what of the neoliberal blind spots?

Review: We Are What We Are (2010)

Posted by in Film

Forget the crass men with the moneybags. Jorge Michel Grau’s moody We Are What We Are offers an unexpected alternative route for the cannibal movie’s future.

The Bat Segundo Show: Toby Ball

Posted by in ball-toby, Bat Segundo, interview

In this 40 minute radio interview, novelist Toby Ball discusses The Vaults, Germanic influence, and is interrupted by two inquisitive children approaching the table and asking about the mikes.

Review: Certifiably Jonathan (2007)

Posted by in Film, winters-jonathan

Jonathan Winters has an inviting interstate of a pure American face and is a first-rate comedian. But does this mockumentary cut the mustard?

The Bat Segundo Show: Karen Russell

Posted by in Bat Segundo, interview, russell-karen

In this 40 minute radio interview, Swamplandia! author Karen Russell discusses how fiction emerges from myths, Borgesian library boats, and whether or not she tortures her characters.

The Postman Always Rings Twice (Modern Library #98)

Posted by in cain-james-m, Modern Library

After reading Postman for the third time, I’m now wondering who Frank Chambers will be when I read him fifteen years from now.

The Bat Segundo Show: Jessie Sholl

Posted by in Bat Segundo, Hoarding, interview, sholl-jessie

Do you forgive your mother? In this 30 minute radio interview, Dirty Secret author Jessie Sholl bravely discusses living as the daughter of a compulsive hoarder.