The Great Woman 03/12/2008
Today, and today only, I am stepping away from my Dawkinsian, Hitchensesque, Harrisite atheism to proclaim my belief in God. That's because today He/She/It did something right and gave my fabulously talented friend Katie Christensen the 2008 PEN/Faulkner Award for her amazing novel, The Great Man. Buy it, read it, love it. Nuff said.
Apocalypse No 11/27/2007
For a different take on No Country for Old Men, from a native Texan and a considerable novelist in his own right, read my buddy John Marks over at the Purple State of John. (I'll let him explain the title of that blog.) John and I got to be friends during the long hot summers in Iowa City in the late 80s, when we were at the Writers' Workshop together. We were the only horror movie fans in Iowa City, apparently, because we were often the only two people in the Astro Theater during screenings of 976-Evil and Hellraiser. Hellraiser I, that is, though I believe we subsequently saw II, III, and IV, together, too. Not like it's anything to be proud of. If you've ever read any of our books—and you should—this obsession with low-rent horror explains a lot.
In which I mostly write about books, movies, and TV. An all-purpose spoiler alert: Sometimes I will talk about these works on the assumption that the reader's already read or seen them, so if you haven't, be forewarned.
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