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"
Good information has always been worth something, but the Internet today makes almost all information goods. And in many cases, we’re freely giving away those goods — our tastes, our ideas, our art — to different enterprises in exchange for connection and exposure. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, of course, but the problem is […]Read more "The San Francisco Chronicle – Information Doesn’t Want to be Free, More Awesome Than Money"
Late in Chris Bohjalian’s stirring, sensitive novel “Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands,” teenage narrator Emily Shepard describes the “poetry of a nuclear disaster.” She finds alliteration in “rads and roentgens and rems” and captures the rhyming “iums” of words like cesium and strontium and, of course, plutonium. And then she vaporizes it all. “Unfortunately, whenever […]Read more "The San Francisco Chronicle – Review of Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands by Chris Bohjalian"
One of Martin Short’s great on-screen moments arrives in John Landis’s 1986 comedy, “¡Three Amigos!”in which he played a silent-film star alongside Steve Martin and Chevy Chase. Early in the movie, an unwitting village sends the trio a telegram begging to be rescued from an “infamous” outlaw known as El Guapo. “What does that mean, […]Read more "The Washington Post – Review of I Must Say by Martin Short"