Reluctant Habits

Review: Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2011)

Posted by in Film, herzog-werner

Werner Herzog’s Cave of Forgotten Dreams feels like one of James Cameron’s narcissistic explorer documentaries rather than something that can stand toe-to-toe with Grizzly Man or The Dark Glow of the Mountains.

The Bat Segundo Show: Lynne Tillman

Posted by in Bat Segundo, tillman-lynne

In this 40 minute radio interview, Lynne Tillman discusses Someday This Will Be Funny, daily minutiae, the soul-sucking atmosphere of financial magazines, and sexual imagination.

Jason Allardyce: How a Sunday Times Journalist Ripped Off Ian Rankin, Bat Segundo, the Observer, and an Australian Producer

Posted by in allardyce-jason, Bat Segundo, Journalism, Plagiarism, rankin-ian

In which a former “Scottish Journalist of the Year” steals quotes from numerous sources without accreditation for 54% of his article.

The Magus (Modern Library #93)

Posted by in fowles-john, Modern Library

In the next exciting installment in the Modern Library Reading Challenge, our intrepid reader tackles John Fowles’s The Magus!

Review of an Unnamed Documentary (2011)

Posted by in Film

A review of an Unnamed Documentary on product placement. Who is being scammed here?

Wide Sargasso Sea (Modern Library #94)

Posted by in Modern Library, rhys-jean

In the next exciting installment in the Modern Library Reading Challenge, our intrepid reader tackles Jean Rhys’s remarkably depressing Wide Sargasso Sea!

The Bat Segundo Show: Jaimy Gordon

Posted by in Bat Segundo, gordon-jaimy

In this one hour radio interview, National Book Award winner Jaimy Gordon discusses Lord of Misrule, combating procrastination, and how opera obsession gets in the way of finishing novels.

Under the Net (Modern Library #95)

Posted by in Modern Library, murdoch-iris

In the next exciting installment in the Modern Library Reading Challenge, our intrepid reader tackles Iris Murdoch’s Under the Net!

BAMcinématek: De Palma Suspense

Posted by in de palma-brian, Film

A Brian De Palma retrospective offers a few last chances to see a referential maverick in action.

The Bad Prose Reading Project #2 (“It Was Real Light”)

Posted by in Bad Prose, Dramatic Readings

The second installment of The Bad Prose Reading Project features the phrase “it was real light” and runs two minutes and 52 seconds.

The Bat Segundo Show: Ian Rankin

Posted by in Bat Segundo, interview, rankin-ian

In this one hour radio interview, Ian Rankin discusses The Complaints, eating five candy bars a day, Inspector Rebus, ebooks, and almost becoming a police suspect.

The Bat Segundo Show: Carol Emshwiller & Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts

Posted by in Bat Segundo, emshwiller-carol, Harlem, interview, rhodes-pitts-sharifa

In this one hour radio interview, legendary writer Carol Emshwiller discusses her career on her 90th birthday and Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts talks about her book, Harlem is Nowhere.

The Bat Segundo Show: Holly Tucker

Posted by in Bat Segundo, History, interview, Medicine, tucker-holly

In this 40 minute interview, Holly Tucker discusses her book, Blood Work, 17th century rivalry between England and France, early medicine, and animal torture.

Review: Arthur (2011)

Posted by in Film

Arthur‘s story logic is so implausible that it has become necessary to pinpoint the insufficient hackwork of scabrous sellouts.

Review: IMAX Born to Be Wild 3D (2011)

Posted by in Film

The formula of cute elephants and orangutans, 3D, and Morgan Freeman’s narration is calculated to get families parting with their hard-earned dollars. On the other hand, I cannot deny an inherent soft spot within my hard psyche.

A Conversation with Stewart O’Nan

Posted by in interview, o'nan-stewart

In this lengthy email conversation, Stewart O’Nan discusses Emily, Alone, Richard Yates, creating dimensional characters, and what a writer can learn from John Gardner.

Sophie’s Choice (Modern Library #96)

Posted by in Modern Library, styron-william

In the next exciting 3,000 word installment in the Modern Library Reading Challenge, our intrepid reader tackles William Styron’s massive (and controversial) volume, Sophie’s Choice!