“Magritte: Horror and Humor at MOMA”: Me at AmCon

reviewing: ...Of course, the popular Magritte is often the punny Magritte (yes, you can see the famous not-a-pipe at the MOMA show); and the horror-laced, otherworldly Magritte was often the result of finding just the right, resonant punchline for an existential joke. more … [Read more...]

“Bloggers Sell Books”: Useful in Light of Catholic-Fiction Discussion

this is a chord: In a recent Wall Street Journal article (1) it was noted that books by 60 self published authors have been acquired by traditional publishers.  2012 was definitely the year of the self published author from E.L. James to Tammara Weber to Colleen Hoover.  While there are some bloggers who are resistant to reviewing self published books, the rise of the self published author could not have occurred without three things:Robust digital market made possible by the adoption of t … [Read more...]

Underrated Horror Flick on Netflix Streaming!

I infest the fine blog Kindertrauma, with a recommendation for a 2012 indie horror movie which really struck me. More in comments. … [Read more...]

The Catholic Writer and the Skating Boom, Or Every Day Is Self-Parody Day

"[Kathleen] Hanna wanted to become a writer. But Kathy Acker, a counterculture writer Hanna admired, told her that no one listens to spoken word, and instead she should be in a band."--as recounted in The Punk SingerAlan Jacobs weighs in vs. me vs. Dana Gioia, on the past, future, and subjunctive tense of "the Catholic writer." A few scattered thoughts follow.* Jacobs' second point is really important: "Why should we not simply think of the generation of Percy, O’Connor, Lowell et a … [Read more...]

“Where’s the Love?”: Underrated Horror Films Series

at Kindertrauma, ongoing! I sent in a contribution, which I think will be posted tomorrow, and any horror mavens who read me should send in their suggestions. I've found a lot of terrific lesser-known flicks through KT in the past, like I Start Counting, Games, and The Boys Next Door. … [Read more...]

Beautiful Animals Made from Broken CDs

Aren't we all, really, beautiful animals made from broken CDs? Anyway, this link is via the Rattus, and her kind is represented by a very cute little tufty rat. THE SQUID, BY CONTRAST, IS MAJESTIC. ...I'm just sayin'. … [Read more...]

What Are the Right Questions About Catholic Fiction?

Eight thoughts on Dana Gioia's "The Catholic Writer Today." It's a listicle, because we live in a degenerate age.* Look, let me get this out of my system: We all know that First Things publishes basically this same essay once a year, right? Here's me teething on the last one I can remember. Gioia's is the best one I've read so far, but I have read way too many of them, and they all have the same GIANT FRUSTRATING LACUNAE. Stop publishing this article. You've published Gioia's version now and … [Read more...]


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