Maybe we could call them “Ms.Topias,” these novels about suffering women under totalizing systems of patriarchal control. They seem to be having a moment.
In times of stress, it’s good to return to nourishing comfort food, which for me means Jim Harrison’s prose.
While getting by in strange times, I read a book of short stories about how average Ukrainians got by before and after the fall of Communism.
Tarkovsky’s final movie, about a man willing to sacrifice everything to undo the cataclysm engulfing his world, rings strangely true right now.
Do you have any books lying around that you keep intending to read once the time is right? Laura Spinney’s “Pale Rider” is one of those books for me.
Parenting is terrifying, if this novella is any indication. And Schweblin makes much of the sheer terror of parenting
On the once forgotten Hollywood storyteller and the recent biography that reminded us of her own story.
Chantal Akerman’s 1975 masterpiece is a nail biting Hitchcockian thriller about housework. Really.
A friend’s favorite book from last year, which describes a terrorist attack that either happened or did not happen, depending on which timeline we’re living through.
This week I rewatched the wonderful Robert Bresson film Pickpocket and realized it’s one movie that plays like another until the last few minutes.
On a recommendation from a local poet, I have started reading the short stories of an American master of the form, and was greatly rewarded for the effort.
A fellow who doesn’t read much in the way of speculative fiction reads a wild novel about overlapping “unseen” cities, murder, and intrigue- and emerges with his mind in knots but still intact.