During recent snowbound days, I indulged in a bout of binging the second season of House of Cards, the celebrated political drama starring Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright, and a brilliantly cast supporting ensemble. Actually, I did the same binge with the [...]
Any scan of the bestseller lists shows a national book culture awash in pulp. But all those hungry zombies, vengeful angels, vampire lovers, scrappy postapocalyptic teens, and fairy princess-warriors with wicked blades and toned physiques bear litt [...]
Jonathan Franzen at the 2011 Time 100 gala / by David Shankbone
I read your essay in the Guardian, and, I have to say, I’m worried about your professional legacy. I agree with some of what you had to say, disagre [...]
One wonders if pop culture's preoccupation with novelty, the dazzling shine of newness, its inescapable immediacy—mixed with an endless outpouring of images—has diminished the import of photographic art. In a visually top-heavy information stream [...]
For my generation, comic books received a bad rap. Parents were convinced comics were a contributing factor to a great epidemic of juvenile delinquency and a concomitant claim that the readers of comics were, by definition, stupid. It was not until t [...]
As part of the general tumult for social and economic justice that accompanied the late 1960s anti-war movement (which I covered, in part, earlier), there was heightened interest and awareness in the genocidal march of history that decimated the na [...]
"Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed. Everything else is public relations."
"More newspapermen have been ruined by self-importance than by liquor."
In 1970, living on the nor [...]
Dear Old Sport,
I'm writing to you in late May of 2013, and the world again has its attention on The Great Gatsby.
A new film version (the seventh) opened early this month and has already grossed $115 million. The acclaimed theatre grou [...]
Poets & Writers (March/April 2013)
A recent issue of Poets & Writers features the married writing couple Victor LaValle and Emily Raboteau. “Books and Babies,” the magazine says on the cover. How do writers balance it [...]
"The law in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread." —Anatole France“Those who have put out the people’s eyes, reproach them of their blindness.” — [...]