Category: Reviews
What I Wrote: Harlots, Handmaids, Radium, and Dancing
What I Wrote: Harlots, Handmaids, Radium, and DancingThere’s something to be said for Peak TV. Sure, my TV backlog is getting embarrassing and I keep maxing out the number of hours on my recorder and having to watch very strange collections of old episodes in a row trying to juggle the tone shifts in seven shows at once, but man, I’ve been watching some good TV.…
A Few Hours in a Far-Off Age, and Other Books
A Few Hours in a Far-Off Age, and Other BooksSometimes, you read a book and it leaves you with a giant list of other books you have to tackle. Recently, for NPR, I’ve reviewed a string of great books. The Story of Hong Gildong (in a welcome translation), The Other Slavery (a grueling account of enslavement beyond Africa, in particular Native Americans – avoid the comments), Possession (half a dissertation on art collection as political identity, half tattling on Popes, all amazing).…
Nonfiction Catch-up Post: One Wedding and Nine Funerals
Nonfiction Catch-up Post: One Wedding and Nine FuneralsThere has never been a fictional wedding/funeral ratio more to my tastes, has there? The wedding happened on BATES MOTEL, which I covered for AV Club; you could not have picked a better week for me to drop in on a show than the week two characters with a deeply repressed slow burn have to marry each other for plot reasons and then trip over their feelings for the next forty minutes.…
A Belated Nonfiction Catch-up Post
A Belated Nonfiction Catch-up PostHow belated? Well, I hope you’re following me on Twitter if you want news, that’s all I can say for myself; the first thing on this list is from January 5. (I tried to alert everyone to the live-action drinking game that is the Shannara Chronicles.) I’ve been keeping more regular tabs on Reign, which has vacillated wildly between being sort of dreadful and being camp glory, with no real internal logic as to how any given episode reaches either one of those goalposts.…
Stuff I’ve Badmouthed Recently: Stalker & Co.
Stuff I've Badmouthed Recently: Stalker & Co.Because I could not ignore this show no matter how much we all wanted to, I have reviewed STALKER at The AV Club. I don’t know if the title is intended to be in allcaps all the time, but it suits the tone of the show, so we’ll leave it. It is pretty much exactly what you would expect, except with more explicit discussion of why a man’s justified in staring at a woman’s chest, which was certainly an unexpected B-plot for a pilot, but there we have it.…
Mad Men and Petals in the Wind
Mad Men and Petals in the WindI spent the weekend at WisCon, which was as absorbing as usual, which means I have a news post backlog! Two today: Before Sunday’s finale, I wrote a piece about how this season of Mad Men (yes, it’s a season, this half-season split is BS) pulls so deeply on its characters’ pasts.…