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Review: “The Good Divide” by Kali VanBaale

“But what’s most surprising about this novel, which ends in a lean 186 pages, is Jean Krenshaw’s complexity. She is likeable and unlikable, deeply sympathetic and profoundly unknowable.” Alex Mattingly reviews The Good Divide.

Montage of Heck

Montage of Heck
What the heck were you thinking, Courtney Love?

“The tragedy of “Montage of Heck” is in the annihilation of the sacred space that must exist between the artist and his art for the illusion to be sustained.” A review by Jenn-Anne Gledhill

The Heart Goes Last

Review: The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood

Part satire, part cautionary tale, Margaret Atwood’s new novel, The Heart Goes Last, is an exploration of our worst cultural tendencies as North Americans: a desire for safety and comfort over freedom, a willingness to ignore the violence inherent in capitalism, and a blindness to how our fetishes exploit the poor and less fortunate. Like…

February 1, 2016
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Classic Review: Moby-Dick

“Moby-Dick reads like a textbook. There’s the chapter classifying the different types of whales. There’s the chapter(s) on whale anatomy. There are lots of chapters about whale oil. Moby-Dick is more manual than novel, right down to the instructional guide on turning the skin of a whale’s penis into a jacket.” Jamie Leigh reviews the classics.

January 7, 2016
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Infocom: In the Beginning, There was Zork

“In the late 1970s, computers were universally exotic. For a nine-year-old kid, any touchable computer had an appeal like that of an expensive sports car or a ring of great power.” Robin Beery on the lost magic of Infocom.

January 4, 2016
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Classic Review: The Wind in the Willows

“At the end of the book, Toad, Mole, Rat, and Badger have to seize Toad Hall back from the weasels and stoats who have taken over in Toad’s absence. Then they throw a party. Like I said: a romp.” Jamie Leigh reviews The Wind in the Willows.

December 30, 2015
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Punchlist: The Best Movies of 2015

Contributors and staff offer up their picks for the best movies of 2015.

December 29, 2015
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Punchlist: The Best Books of 2015

Contributors and staff offer up their picks for the best books of 2015.

December 28, 2015
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Punchlist: The Best Albums of 2015

Contributors and staff offer up their picks for the best albums of 2015.

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