Film Review: “Wine Country” (2019)

IMHO, any film that has both Amy Poehler and Tina Fey in it is worthy of celebration. So, when I heard that Wine Country had both of them in it, and that it had been directed by Poehler, I was thrilled. I read the criticisms of the film that said that it didn't land as … Continue reading Film Review: “Wine Country” (2019)

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Change is in the Air

Hello, dear readers. I've got some great news. For some time now, I've been collaborating with my best friend on a series of erotic epic fantasy novellas that we're self-publishing through Amazon. The series is titled "The Filliquian Chronicle," and the first volume is already live (you can buy it here). We're very excited to … Continue reading Change is in the Air

Reading History: The Tragic Daughters of Charles I (by Sarah-Beth Watkins)

My thanks to NetGalley for a copy of this book for review. I have to confess that when it comes to English royalty, I've never been much of a fan of the Stuarts. Somehow they lacked the charismatic panache that characterized their successors the Tudors, or the operatic tragedy of the Plantagenets. They just seemed … Continue reading Reading History: The Tragic Daughters of Charles I (by Sarah-Beth Watkins)

Book Review: “It Came from Something Awful: How a Toxic Troll Army Accidentally Memed Donald Trump into Office” (by Dale Beran)

My thanks to NetGalley for providing a free copy of this book for review. Sometimes, you read a book that shines on a light on some of the most unpleasant parts of our culture and society, and you suddenly feel as if you have fallen into an utterly unfamiliar world. It Came from Something Awful … Continue reading Book Review: “It Came from Something Awful: How a Toxic Troll Army Accidentally Memed Donald Trump into Office” (by Dale Beran)

Reading History: “Alexander the Great: His Life and Mysterious Death” (by Anthony Everitt)

By this point, I've read numerous biographies of Alexander the Great. Some, such as Mary Renault's The Nature of Alexander are quite hagiographical, while more recent offerings from classicists such as Paul Cartledge and Robin Lane Fox take a more balanced view. Anthony Everitt's new book, Alexander the Great: His Life and Mysterious death falls … Continue reading Reading History: “Alexander the Great: His Life and Mysterious Death” (by Anthony Everitt)

Book Review: “I Like to Watch: Arguing My Way Through the TV Revolution” (by Emily Nussbaum)

Note: My thanks to NetGalley for generously providing me a copy of this book to review. There's a peculiar joy that comes from reading sound media criticism. A very few people can somehow capture their intellectual passions in a way that makes their work intelligible for mainstream audiences (something that a lot of media scholars … Continue reading Book Review: “I Like to Watch: Arguing My Way Through the TV Revolution” (by Emily Nussbaum)