Unity

UNITY This weekend I went to see Florian Zeller’s comedy called La Verdad. Or, Truth in English. I first read this kid’s novels a few years ago. At the time, I was a sad little neurotic boy who enjoyed taking a form of Portuguese pleasure called saudade:...

The Sound and the Fury

THE SOUND AND THE FURY There’s something about Faulkner that reminds me of Saramago. I’d forgotten all about Faulkner’s style until I recently reread this book. It made me remember that Saramago’s not particularly original. And in terms of...

The Newsroom

I really enjoy THE NEWSROOM, but. But. Now we have a problem. The problem started a few weeks ago: a friend of mine–a woman!–mentioned that she didn’t like the women on the show, “We can do better,” she said. I didn’t know what that...
The Importance of Being Earnest

The Importance of Being Earnest

  On the back of my copy of Oscar Wilde’s complete plays, I read an interesting tweet: “The Importance of Being Earnest is the only pure verbal opera in English” –@WH Auden. Interested as I am in opera, I wanted to know more. Unfortunately in my short-lived quest to...

The Hunger Games

THE HUNGER GAMES The Hunger Games is like, well, it is exciting. You can tell by every single sentence. All the excitement. But it misses its dad, The Hunger Games does. The Hunger Games goes outside. It puts on its boots. Its boots were covered in dog crap, so it had...

Serious

SERIOUS The art of high modernism assumes a tragic worldview: it is serious. Think DJANGO UNCHAINED and, well, any art movie. Any serious film. Any serious writer. Any real novel. Anything worth any attention in the last 100 years. Harold Bloom. I was watching an...