From the Earth to ‘Elysium’

What if the earth isn’t worth inheriting? [Read more...]

“World War Z”: The Undead with a Dash of Humanity

Love, sacrifice, and zombies. [Read more...]

“Oblivion” and Earth’s Horatius

Oblivion, directed by Joseph Kosinski Then out spake brave Horatius, The Captain of the Gate: “To every man upon this earth Death cometh soon or late. And how can man die better Than facing fearful odds, For the ashes of his fathers, And the temples of his gods? -From Thomas Babington Macaulay’s Lays of Ancient Rome [Read More...]

House of Cards’ Lady Macbeth

Review of House of Cards (Season 1), Directed by David Finch “Come you spirits That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here; And fill me, from the crown to the toe, top-full Of direst cruelty! make thick my blood, Stop up th’access and passage to remorse, That no compunctious visitings of nature Shake my fell [Read More...]

‘Admission’ Is Worth the Price

Review of Admission, Directed by Paul Weitz College admissions: the final test of the helicopter parent. While it was no Deerfield or Andover, my college prep school career began with a meeting about college preparation the first month of freshman year and ended with a wall of paper stars announcing mine and my classmates’ acceptances [Read More...]

The Battle for America’s Soul in American Gods

Review of American Gods by Neil Gaiman By JULIA POLESE Neil Gaiman’s American Gods hit all the right buttons. Gaiman himself described it as an “American phantasmagoria,” an extraordinarily apt descriptor (See the interview with Gaiman in the 10th anniversary edition). It’s a fantasy novel with deep philosophical underpinnings, a healthy dollop of whimsy, and [Read More...]

The Serpent in Eden in Crossing to Safety

Review of Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner By JULIA POLESE Crossing to Safety is Pulitzer Prize-winning author Wallace Stegner’s final novel.  It is a story of two couples coping with the loss of Eden. Told from the perspective of Larry Morgan, the novel begins with he and his wife, Sally, as a young couple living [Read More...]


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