Category Archive: TV

CCLaP Fridays: Selected Letters of Norman Mailer, edited by J. Michael Lennon

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This week I review Norman Mailer’s selected letters, giving a new perspective on an iconic and controversial author.

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“Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace,” by David Lipsky

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“Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace,” by David Lipsky offers a unique look into the mind of an amazing writer.

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On Being Human Redux: Notes on “Orphan Black”

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An occasional series that is a continuation of my essay anthology, On Being Human: critical looks at books and movies that examine the question of humanity. (Buy the limited edition hardcover, Kindle version,… Continue reading

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One Nation Under God: How Corporate American Invented Christian America, by Kevin M. Kruse @ NYJB

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“One Nation Under God” sheds light on the shadowy history of political conservatism, big business, and populist fervor.

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The R. Douglas Jacobs Interview

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I interview the poet R. Douglas Jacobs, author of Gethsemane: a Poem About Us. We discussed the creativity, sacrifice, and the epic.

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CCLaP Fridays: Five Bullets, by Larry Duberstein

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Five Bullets, by Larry Duberstein, reads like a mashup between Mad Men, Schindler’s List, and Titus Andronicus.

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On Being Human Redux: Further looks at books and movies that examine the question of humanity

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On Being Human Redux is an essay series that looks at serial killers, clones, the Culture series, a Beckett play, bunnies in Beatrix Potter and Richard Adams, and adroids.

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CCLaP Fridays: The Beatles Are Here!, edited by Penelope Rowlands

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This week Karl Wolff reviews “The Beatles Are Here!” by Penelope Rowlands, a look back at the Fab Four’s impact on the lives of musicians, writers, and longtime fans.

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Driftless Area Review Metapost: CONvergence is nigh and the National Book Critics Circle

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I’m heading to CONvergence in Bloomington, MN for the July 4th weekend and I joined the National Book Critics Circle.

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The NSFW Files: “Naked Lunch,” by William S. Burroughs

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This week, Karl Wolff returns to the NSFW Files to investigate “Naked Lunch,” by William S. Burroughs, the 1959 sensation that marked a watershed for free expression in literature and included Mugwumps, heroin, and lots and lots of sex.

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