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The Lost Daughter Complicates the Myth of the “Good” Mother

On-screen, frustration gets played for laughs. A lot. It usually has a few tropey midwives: the well-meaning, yet incompetent boss; the noble loser, likely...

Worth the Wait

Why the Story of a Waitress in the South Resonated with a Brit in London March 23rd 2020 is a date etched in my brain....

Normal People and the Intimate Problem of Patriarchy

I avoided Normal People for as long as I could. I didn’t have a Hulu subscription and, having read neither Sally Rooney’s book nor...

What Kobe Bryant’s Dear Basketball Can Teach Us About Legacy

It’s been about five months since Kobe Bryant died in a fatal helicopter crash that killed nine people including his thirteen year old daughter...

Q&A with author Marco Rafalà and an excerpt of How Fires...

Heartbreaking and haunting, How Fires End is a powerful novel that explores devastating family secrets - who keeps them and why, how and when they will someday be revealed, and whether they can or will ever be forgiven. Part war story, part family history, it is a beautiful tale of multi-generational love, loss, grief, and hope.

Frozen 2 Is Even More Trans Than the First One

As of 2013, when it hit theaters, Frozen was the most trans movie ever. At least so it seemed to many trans girls (it...

Dimitris Lyacos: Poena Damni: I: Z213: Exit; II: With the...

Dimitris Lyacos:  Poena Damni: I: Z213: Exit; II: With the People from the Bridge; III: The First Death Translated from the original Greek by Shorsha...

Paul Laurence Dunbar, Beyond the Mask

Paul Laurence Dunbar, Beyond the Mask, written and directed by Frederick Lewis He sang of love when earth was young, / And love itself was in...

Predator, Prey: Jill McDonough Watches the Skies

Crock-Pots, car washes, Big Dog, Predator drones. In questions of love and war, whom do we trust, ourselves or the machines we’ve built to...

When the Canon Takes Aim: A Review of Jordan Abel’s...

Injun, by Jordan Abel. Talonbooks, Vancouver, B.C., Canada. $16.95 (Canada/U.S.) The atrocities inflicted on the indigenous peoples of the Americas through the centuries are well-documented...

Innocents and Others, by Dana Spiotta

In much of her fiction, Dana Spiotta has focused on relationships among friends and family, with their frustrations, recriminations and nearly incurable optimisms. In...

“Eyes” by William H. Gass: A Review

William Gass is a master of the English language. His prose is smooth and muscular: at once honey dripping off a hot tin roof,...