Early in the movie “The Blues Brothers,” Elwood tries to sell Jake on the duo’s new Bluesmobile, a used police car he picked up at auction to replace their old Cadillac. “It’s got a cop motor,” he explains. “Cop tires, cop suspension, cop shocks.” This isn’t a bad way to describe what makes Richard Price’s […]Read more "Newsday – Review of The Whites by Richard Price"
Whenever a Hollywood celebrity publishes a novel, listen closely: You’ll hear book critics everywhere sharpening their knives. (It’s a little louder when that celebrity is James Franco.) But David Duchovny, best known for his work on “The X-Files” and “Californication,” won’t suffer a hatchet job here. His zany, madcap first novel, “Holy Cow,” which follows […]Read more "The Washington Post – Review of Holy Cow by David Duchovny"
This year’s Golden Globe awards reminded us that no industry lies beyond Amazon’s disruptive reach. In a first for an online-only program, the so-called Everything Store’s show “Transparent” won for best TV series, comedy or drama, and Jeffrey Tambor won for best actor. “To Amazon,” he said in his acceptance speech, “my new best friend.” […]Read more "The San Francisco Chronicle – Review of The Internet Is Not the Answer by Andrew Keen"
Early on, putting together an issue like this feels a little like assigning a college essay. You tell everyone what to do and when to do it by, and then you sit back and pray a few people take it seriously. But that’s pretty much where the similarities end. When our deadline arrived, no one […]Read more "Washington City Paper – The 2015 Fiction Issue"
If the Grinch breaks into my house tonight and tries to steal Christmas, I’ll send him right back to Whoville with a lip two sizes too big. Picture it: I in my cap, having just risen from a long winter’s nap, decking the halls with that hapless felon through a variety of surprising and effective […]Read more "The Washington Post – Review of SAS Survival Handbook by John ‘Lofty’ Wiseman"