It’s a Friday night, and you’ve miraculously scored a table at the hottest no-reservations joint in town. Your first course arrives, and it looks impossibly good. What do you reach for first: your fork or your phone? And, while we’re at it, which would you rather have: an undocumented meal that lives up to its […]Read more "The San Francisco Chronicle: Review of Terms of Service by Jacob Silverman"
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"