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Ismail Kadare’s “Twilight of the Eastern Gods”

One of these days the Albanian novelist Ismail Kadare will probably win the Nobel Prize– If you read my review in the LA Review of Books of his just-translated 1970s bildungsroman that is partially about Boris Pasternak’s winning the Nobel … Continue reading


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Article in the Brooklyn Rail

Please check out an article of mine in the June issue of the Brooklyn Rail. It discusses Rocky the Musical which is currently on Broadway, comparing this recent incarnation with the 1976 blockbuster film and its specific historical context. 

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Review of Margaret Atwood’s “MaddAddam” on Jacobin

Hope you can take some time to read my review of this post-apocalyptic trilogy!

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“Leaving the Atocha Station”

In a playwrighting workshop seven years ago we were asked to bring in art that had influenced us or that we thought was particularly meaningful. I can’t remember what I brought, Infinite Jest? In a similar, but adequately different situation … Continue reading

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Eidetic vs. Idiomatic Art

Perhaps this potential bifurcation of art creation is theorized elsewhere with more nuance, but I have been struck recently by a division in the world of artistic mimesis. Simply, some art is created and as it is created becomes the … Continue reading

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Spectres of Race and Real Estate: Disney’s “Haunted Mansion” (2003)

Disney’s film Haunted Mansion shares with Pirates of the Caribbean the common trait that both films were released in 2003 and are both filmic representations of Disneyland theme-park rides. It was a clever conceit by the studio to give new life … Continue reading

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Before the Revolution

This past week saw the two-year anniversary of Occupy Wall Street. I can remember exactly where I was two years ago, which was teleworking from home on a Saturday in a bid to make a few extra bucks for my … Continue reading

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Creative Destruction – an exegesis of “Wrecking Ball”

The first thing you should notice on watching Miley Cyrus’ new video “Wrecking Ball” isn’t the “sexual” imagery deployed; the testicular wrecking ball she swings from naked, the sledge hammer she fellates–these images are worthy of a middling Maxim Magazine … Continue reading

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By the end of Ayesha Siddiqi’s article “Can the White Girl Twerk” (which is of course about Miley Cyrus’ recent adopting of a new hyper-sexualized, “black” persona) we are forced to choose between two options: …Miley earns both praise and … Continue reading

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Fertility Fiction

So ignorant are most landsmen of some of the plainest and most palpable wonders of the world, that without some hints touching the plain facts, historical and otherwise, of the fishery, they might scout at Moby Dick as a monstrous … Continue reading

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