The Doctor Is In
As Dr. Maya Jacobs on Carol’s Second Act, Ito Aghayere delivers the laughs.
The Royal We
Michelle and Robert King, the husband and wife team behind The Good Fight and Evil, are Hollywood’s reigning power couple.
Show Her The Money
Kirsten Dunst schemes her way into our hearts as striving single mom Krystal stubbs on Showtime's On Becoming a God in Central Florida.
Social distancing may have been common among working writers before it was a necessity, but not all members of that tribe adhered to the stereotype.
What About Murder?
Reference Books Reviewed
VAL,QUEEN OF SCOTS
ONE OF THE LIVING LEGENDS OF MYSTERY WRITING, VAL McDERMID HAS ENTERTAINED READERS AND DRIVEN THE GENRE FORWARD FOR MORE THAN 30 YEARS, BUT SHE WAS NO OVERNIGHT SUCCESS
THE BEAUTIFUL DARK
Barry Gifford and the Noir Revival
Intriguing First Lines
It may seem odd to equate Greek drama and athletics with contemporary mysteries. But author Ivy Pochoda sees a logical intersection with the violence, structure, and drive inherent in these subjects.
Write what you know” is the hoariest piece of writing advice, as well as the one most often misapplied. As Stephen King said in his outstanding book On Writing, what if you want to write about serial killers or intergalactic space flight?
Grand Dame Guignol
Sometimes over the top, other times way over the top, Grand Dame Guignol was grisly, memorable entertainment buoyed by the sort of movie stars they no longer make: actresses whose talent, intensity, and willingness to take risks with their images made the wildly melodramatic seem frighteningly real.
EDITH MAXWELL aka MADDIE DAY
Cozies certainly provide solace from many of the dark edges of the actual world,” says Edith Maxwell.
AN OATH AND A TERRORIST
It was the late 2000s and the United States government was engaged in a global hunt for Osama bin Laden.
When Anime Becomes a Refuge For Patriotism
In addition to entertainment, China’s Bilibili offers nationalism to its young audience
The Old Man Who Lives Two Floors Below
Down the first twist of stairs and Josie hears she is not alone, like hearing a tree in the wind beyond her bedroom window. The old man: splay-legged before his door like a failing easel, he moves slow as death.
Our Nations, Ourselves
A Conversation with Robin Hemley
A Conversation with Isabel Fargo Cole
The Pregnant Woman from Zamboanga
In this story by an indigenous writer from the southern Philippines, a crime continues to haunt a local’s thoughts.
CONVERSATIONS ON THE FUTURE OF TRANSLATION
Good Storytelling Still Trending - An Interview with Antonia Lloyd-Jones
Cheating / Death
A girl learns her first lessons about cheating and death at her grandparents’ house, playing cards and Scrabble and listening to them read from the obituaries in the Detroit Jewish News.
Tokyo's Mukōjima Hyakkaen Garden
NEAR THE HEART of old Tokyo, surrounded by the largest metro area in the world, the Mukōjima-Hyakkaen Garden provides a respite from the bustle of the city with a traditional and lush corner of peace and quiet. For more than two centuries, the garden has been a haven for the city’s writers and artists as well as anyone who desires a temporary escape from urban life into the subtle tranquility of nature.
Race, History, and the Body
Humanity on Display
Of Comics and Bipolar Disorder - A Conversation with Rachel Lindsay
Rachel Lindsay is a cartoonist based in Vermont and the author of a graphic memoir, RX, that was published in 2018 by Grand Central Publishing. RX explores the powerful interplay of word and image that resists biomedical prescriptivism and espouses the political potential of sharing subjective experiences of living with bipolar disorder through comics. Her comic strip “Rachel Lives Here Now” appears weekly in Seven Days, an alternative newspaper in Vermont. In our conversation with Lindsay, we discuss the pertinent issues surrounding mental health and the role of graphic memoirs in reclaiming the identity of the patient in a hierarchical biomedical system, specifically in the context of her recent memoir, RX.
LIT TRENDS - 3 Online Book Clubs with a Global Perspective
ONE OF LIFE’S GREAT pleasures is sharing a favorite book with a community of bright, engaging friends, wine in hand and the fireplace crackling. In a perfect world, the host of your local book club is charming, the introverts are cozy and the extroverts gregarious, the conversation is brilliant and never lags, and the serving board groans under the weight of everyone’s best-loved dishes.
‘Wonder Woman 1984,' ‘In The Heights' Postponed Due To Virus
Warner Bros. delayed the summer release of “Wonder Woman 1984” and removed the adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “In the Heights” from its schedule due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Hal Leonard still making sheet music and beating the digital band.
Hot Plots Preview!
What will Happen
No Adults in the Room: From Election to The Politician
The recent release of Ryan Murphy’s series The Politician on Netflix has inspired endless comparisons to Alexander Payne’s 1999 film Election.
Adiós Bond, James Bond
La carta de despedida que Daniel Craig escribe en ‘Sin tiempo para morir’