A Terrifying Probe into the Consequences of Female Naïveté: Isabella Eklöf’s Holiday

Review by Bob Freville An official selection at last year’s Sundance Film Festival, Isabella Eklöf’s Holiday tells the story of Sascha, the goomah of a small-time drug lord. When we first meet Sascha, she is walking through an all-white airport, the noisy footfalls of her hot pink peep toe slingbacks a cacophony that seems to

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Fizzy Beasts and Where to Find Them: A Review of Mark Mathews’ Upcoming Album

One of my favorite quotes is by singer and songwriter Macklemore. “It’s up to you to turn the pen into a machete and make sure that every beat that you meet gets killed.” I try to live by this line. It’s a perfect representation of what every author, filmmaker, singer, and songwriter strives for. A

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Kindle Crack: The Literary Edition, Featuring Thomas Pynchon, Umberto Eco, G. W. Sebald, and More

 The opening poem is a clever little lick based on the tune to “Off to See the Wizard” from The Wizard of Oz. The second features an interesting palate of shifting perspectives, but I haven’t been able to dig further yet. Helen Dewitt’s fiction reads sort of like David Foster Wallace’s, and I’m sure it’s a

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Paris Street Rebels – I Don’t Wanna Die Young/Freakshow AA Side – Music Review

by Bob Freville I had largely given up on Punk ever since pop-punk acts like Avril Lavigne and Good Charlotte co-opted the label and bastardized it. But every now and again, I come across an artist that puts things right and calls out the many wrongs of the genre. In recent years, acts like The

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The Universal Baseball Association: a Review

Life is a series of disappointments. If I were designing one of those pessimistic memes posing ironically as an inspirational quote, I’d add a snappy modifying clause to my opening sentence to eclipse the glaring cliche; in this case, however, I mean exactly what I wrote. You never really get what you want, and there’s

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The Unreprinted: Mama by Ruby Jean Jensen

The Unreprinted: Mama by Ruby Jean Jensen by Zakary McGaha In today’s installment of Ben Arzate’s The Unreprinted, author Zakary McGaha takes a look at a buried treasure from the mind that gave us Baby Doll and Chain Letter. A lot of die hard pulp fiction aficionados are okay with the fact that a large

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Roulette: A James Bond Adventure by Jamie Mason – Book Review

by Ben Arzate The Soviet Union has set up a network of spies and terrorists in Canada code named Roulette. Their goals are to co-opt the Quebec separatist movement, commit acts of terrorism, steal Canadian military secrets, and infiltrate the United States. James Bond has been assigned to find and destroy the network. With the

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Muses of a Strange Land: An Interview with Rhys Hughes

Welcome to another addition to our growing list of author interviews. This discussion with Welsh writer Rhys Hughes is long overdue, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. As usual, feel encouraged to follow Mr. Hughes on his Amazon page. I’m certain you’ll find much to admire in his ever-growing oeuvre. 

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In Defense of Conspiracy Theorists

by Zakary McGaha Although I’m an accounting student I’ve taken, and passed, many college-level science courses, including two astronomy courses. If you’ve taken astronomy, you’re probably aware that physics plays a HEAVY part. Why am I pointing this out? Because, apparently, if you’ve taken science classes and have a knowledge of physics, you think “social

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The Importance of the Public Domain

by Ben Arzate When the United States entered 2019, several prominent works came into the public domain. Some of these include the films The Ten Commandments and Charlie Chaplin’s The Pilgrim, the books Jacobs Room by Virginia Woolf and New Hampshire by Robert Frost, the song “Charleston” by Cecil Mack and James P. Johnson, and

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