Category : Literature

Harry Potter, Then and Now

The first face I see every morning is Daniel Radcliffe’s. Taped above my bedside table, the Harry Potter poster I may or may not have stolen from my sister sits just where I put it when I was in middle…

0 Comments / 213 View / July 21, 2014

Review of Robert Oppenheimer: A Life Inside the Center by Ray Monk

“If I cannot be comforted by Vishnu’s argument to Arjuna, it is because I am too much a Jew, much too much a Christian, much too much a European, far too much an American. For I believe in the meaningfulness…

1 Comment / 201 View / July 17, 2014

The Birth and Undeath of Political Satire

HBO’s latest sensation has hit our screens in the form of comedian and satirist John Oliver. Last Week Tonight is the Englishman’s first solo gig, and although cable is choking with more chat shows than anyone knows what to do…

0 Comments / 264 View / July 12, 2014

Banned books, Censorship, and Underpants

Captain Underpants has a new enemy, one much more ominous than the usual talking toilets and cafeteria lunch ladies. David Pilkey’s children’s series appeared at the top of the 2012 most challenged titles list, meaning parents and other adults were…

1 Comment / 145 View / July 7, 2014

Book Review of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Recently I picked up Mark Haddon’s book The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time at the urging of a friend, knowing nothing about it. It’s the fictional story of autistic teenager Christopher Boone and what comes of his…

0 Comments / 1377 View / June 30, 2014

Joss Whedon, Steven Moffat, and George R.R. Martin Walk into a Bar: Death and Fiction

A few weeks ago, I happened to stumble upon a (fake) letter written by George R.R. Martin, addressing deaths in the Game of Thrones TV series and in the original book series. To quote directly from the letter,“Has there ever…

1 Comment / 193 View / June 27, 2014

Review of Valhalla Rising: 8/10

Valhalla Rising is unlike anything you have ever seen before. It’s dark, gruesome, plot-less, profound, cathartic: there are not enough words to do it justice. In essence, it is ineffable. Most will not watch Valhalla, and those who do will…

1 Comment / 1636 View / June 24, 2014