It is no surprise that The Goldfinch won the Pulitzer Prize.
It’s been a fair while between drinks for Donna Tartt. Her previous novel, The Little Friend, came out in 2002; The Goldfinch, her latest (and, as I will argue below, certainly her greatest to date) book hit the shelves in 2013. Such a gap is par for the course for Tartt, though – The Goldfinch is only her third published novel in a 21-year writing career, her debut, The Secret History, being published in 1992, when she was 29.
This is a show of human dramas, but it’s also one about how the establishment began to understand the complex physiology of human sexuality, from orgasms to electrical activity in the brain to the hormonal responses involved in sex.
Masters of Sex is back on Showtime as of Sunday, with a doozy of an episode in “Parallax.” The Showtime drama is one among many shows competing for the attention of viewers suddenly drawn to costume dramas, but it’s more slow, thoughtful, and pensive than programmes like Downton Abbey, which seem to whip from plot point to plot point. Like many shows that move more quietly, Masters of Sex hasn’t received quite the buzz and attention as flashy offerings like Game of Thrones, but it did manage to score an Emmy nod (Lizzy Caplan as Victoria Johnson).
What Wright does in The Swan Book is something extraordinary – she holds a future mirror up to an Australia ruined by greed and racism, and asks, Do you like what you see?
“Even true stories have to be invented sometimes to be remembered…”
The winner of Australia’s premier literary prize, the Miles Franklin Award, was announced last week – it went to Evie Wyld’s All the Birds, Singing, selected from a shortlist of six fairly diverse titles. While there is no doubt Wyld’s is a very good book, I admit to being slightly disappointed. The book I would have picked, the book that I thought head and shoulders above the rest, wasn’t the winner.
Extant may end up asking what remains of us as a culture when we come to rely too heavily on technology, and when we begin to develop technology that is self-aware and intelligent enough to become manipulating, conniving, and sinister.
Making the hop from film to television seems to be increasingly common these days, so it’s no great surprise to see Halle Berry headlining CBS’s latest sci-fi offering, Extant. The show premiered on Wednesday to unexceptional ratings, and it’s unclear what sort of future lies in store for it. Summer is traditionally the season of popcorn television and casual entertainment, making the slightly over-the-top drama a good fit, but can CBS keep it going beyond the first season?
These are the books you really need to read before you reach the pearly gates.
There has been so many books published over the years in both classic and contemporary genres that it is so hard to know what is valuable or interesting to read and what is not. In this article I aim to highlight the books you really need to read before you reach the pearly gates.
Could 2014 be a turning point for US networks in terms of learning about the handling of race?
With a rise in interest in sweeping historical dramas filled with intrigue, betrayal, amazing frocks, and sensuality, it’s not surprising to see almost every US network vying to produce some version of the costume drama for its viewers — and to see networks casting further afield for more grand ambitions of setting, scope, and history. When Fox announced Hieroglyph, a series about a thief plucked from prison to serve the Pharaoh, it seemed like a particularly outstanding and innovative take on the costume drama, a programme that would plunge into an era of history that hasn’t been explored very much on television. Ancient Egypt has a rich, fascinating, and complex history with plenty of real-world drama to build on.
Joanna Hogg’s third film “Exhibition” confirms her as that rare creature, a British auteur director.
What if in this age of austerity all the modernist homes of the urban intelligentsia were actually spacecraft? What if these chameleon constructs were housing the agents of bourgeois gentrification? Artists H and D (conceptual artist Liam Gillick and “Slits” guitarist Viv Albertine) may look like human beings, talk like human beings, walk like human beings, but there is something missing, something disconnected, broken off and unformed when these facsimiles were first manufactured.
In the end, Fargo felt like yet another male-dominated drama.
Critics are raving about the season finale of Fargo, which just aired on FX. The reimagining of the famous Coen brothers film turned it into a 10 hour miniseries that aimed to find the perfect balancing point between film, which often feels slightly too short and rushed, leaving you wanting more of the narrative and the characters, and endlessly sprawling television with no definitive end date. On Fargo, the end was clearly defined, and viewers got to see it unfold with rather spectacular flair this week.
“First to Fall” is an unflinching look not just into the struggle that would eventually oust Gaddafi, but a cinematic, exacting account of how war turns boys into men.
While there seems to be no shortage of cursory stories from the front lines of recent Middle Eastern conflicts, filmmakers Rachel Beth Anderson and Tim Grucza have decided to dig deeper. During the Libyan uprising the duo smartly embedded themselves not with emotionally inaccessible military units but with two Canadian students – friends who cast away their safe and secure western lives to take up arms in the fight to overthrow their homeland’s dictator. The resulting documentary “First to Fall” is an unflinching look not just into the struggle that would eventually oust Gaddafi, but a cinematic, exacting account of how war turns boys into men.
Global Comment spoke with the doc’s co-director (and Sundance award-winning cinematographer) Rachel Beth Anderson prior to the film’s premiere at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival in NYC.
These reality tv shows are a continuation of the gaze created by sideshow performances.
During the first episode of the new reality tv series by Lifetime, Little Women, one of the women being followed throughout the show exclaims “We all see life from the same perspective!” and laughs.
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