"I want to be a writer." "How do I improve my chances of getting published?" "Should I get an agent?"

I get a lot of emails from aspiring writers. Some of them I feel equipped to answer. Some of them I don't... … [Read more...]

31 years late: Some thoughts on Chariots of Fire

I've written a two-part reflection on the 1981 film Chariots of Fire, which is appearing at Good Letters, the blog hosted by IMAGE. … [Read more...]

Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom opens the Cannes Film Festival

Anderson’s cinema contains a peculiar mix that makes it an ideal opening night vehicle. There’s a kind of absolute auteurism, a hyper-aggressive formalism, an insistence on the camera’s view as a proscenium arch inside of which an entirely theatrical universe is created, alongside a lightness, a preference for melancholy swathed in the scent of vanilla, sadness as a weekend romp, the melodramas of parents and the children they don’t understand as storybook fantasies. Robert Koehler attended this … [Read more...]


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