Category Literature

Best of 2018

Television (watched though not necessarily released in 2018)*blurbs from IMDB The Handmaid’s Tale (Seasons 1 & 2; Hulu): “Set in a dystopian future, a woman is forced to live as a concubine under a fundamentalist theocratic dictatorship.” Killing Eve (Season 1; BBC America): “A security operative hunts for an assassin. Based on the Villanelle novellas by […]

Best of 2017

Film (watched though not necessarily released in 2017) 01. Lion 02. Silence 03. La La Land 04. Dunkirk 05. Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King 06. Wind River 07. The 13th 08. The Salesman 09. The Light Between Oceans 10. The Big Sick 11. Logan 12. Chasing Coral 13. Jerry Before Seinfeld 14. Gaga: Five Foot Two […]

Why You Shouldn’t See Sarah’s Key

In a truly bold (aka lazy) move, below I re-publish (aka copy and paste) a piece I wrote for HK Magazine last year.  I had a lovely time hanging out with the editorial team at the magazine, and to be honest having to watch this film was perhaps the only lowlight of my entire experience.  […]

Equus and an Erotics of Life

One of my favorite essays is Susan Sontag’s Against Interpretation.  In it, she rather ironically dissects the modern obsession with dissection, saying that we have lost touch with the power and pleasure that comes from experiencing art; of actually seeing, hearing, and feeling.  Instead, she argues, we prefer to excavate a meaning in everything, thereby […]