Horizon
HorizonI reviewed Barry Lopez’s latest book, HORIZON, at NPR.org. A Barry Lopez book is never a quick read: “Each place on Earth goes deep.” Of course, deftly sketched landscapes are one of his chief delights — and Horizon, suspended halfway between travelogue and memoir, offers plenty of them. But Lopez — who often chronicles himself wandering from one landscape to another, or away from the group he’s journeying with, or away from the initial reason for coming to a place — wants us, above all else, to consider.…
Red Carpet Rundown: The 2019 Oscars
Red Carpet Rundown: The 2019 Oscars  :sinister carnival music in the distance reaches a sudden fever pitch: Oh hey, it’s the Oscars!…
Red Carpet Rundown: The 2019 BAFTAs
Red Carpet Rundown: The 2019 BAFTAsWelcome to the Red Carpet Rundown of the BAFTAs, tha red carpet that pretends it’s more sophisticated and understanding than those Other red carpets (look! Soothing greenery!), until you actually look at it:   (Please understand how sincerely I mean this: Yikes.) This event certainly never stood a chance against the Grammys, where much bigger statements are made.…
Red Carpet Rundown: The 2019 SAG Awards
Red Carpet Rundown: The 2019 SAG AwardsThe SAGs: The one where everyone tries the style stuff they aren’t sure will work for the Oscars, the Emmys, or the Globes! That’s not entirely fair; obviously, at this point in our late capitalist celebrityscape, every red carpet counts. And in some ways, the SAGs are a playground for actors in ensembles, where other red carpet camera appearances aren’t quite as guaranteed and they get to go all out for this one.…
Red Carpet Rundown: The 2019 Golden Globes
Red Carpet Rundown: The 2019 Golden GlobesAh, the dystopia of red carpet season is really hitting its stride. Recently a friend who doesn’t watch red carpets much asked me, “You keep saying the red carpet is weird, but – what’s so weird?” And sure. Fundamentally, it’s people in the industry – many of whom routinely appear on camera for their job – getting dressed up and appearing on camera again to talk about things they did for their job.…
Another Year
Another YearYou know it’s been A Year when the thing you remember most is Story Land, which felt like two years ago until you looked up the thread about it and realized it was only a handful of months ago that you first went to the only currently-operating haunted theme park in the States.…