Review: The Grip of It

The Grip of It by Jac Jemc is an unsettling story. Maybe it is a ghost story. But it could be just a story about a couple experiencing doubts about their future. Sometimes fiction doesn't need to provide answers. Questions will do, as long as the storytelling is competent. Jemc is a skilled writer who … Continue reading Review: The Grip of It

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Review: Two Hollywood Bios of Steve McQueen and Paul Newman

Like most people, I've enjoyed many Steve McQueen and Paul Newman movies over the years. I grew up watching their films endlessly on TV when I was young. Each week there always seemed to be at least one of their films playing, whether McQueen's The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape, and Bullitt, or Newman's Butch … Continue reading Review: Two Hollywood Bios of Steve McQueen and Paul Newman

Carrie Is Shining: Internal Monologue in Stephen King’s Carrie and The Shining

Early in his career, horror novelist Stephen King was heavily invested in internal monologue, first-person thought bubbles injected into the middle of a conventional third-person narrative. Two of his early novels are filled with this distinctive stylistic tic, and they are richer for it. In his first novel Carrie (1974), King embraced internal monologue enthusiastically. As … Continue reading Carrie Is Shining: Internal Monologue in Stephen King’s Carrie and The Shining

Review: Two Books About That Treasonous, Racist Moron

I spent this weekend reading two popular books about that treasonous, racist moron. Collusion by Luke Harding Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff Both books are worth reading, but a more comprehensive account is needed. I'm counting on the forthcoming book by David Corn and Michael Isikoff, tentatively titled The Russian Connection, to fill that … Continue reading Review: Two Books About That Treasonous, Racist Moron