On Being Human Redux: Notes on “Orphan Black”

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, or download it for free at the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography.) Via Orphan Black: Season 3 will be premiering on April 18, 2015 on BBC America. Below are a series of notes on Seasons 1 and 2. Due to the nature of these essays, they contain many spoilers, major and minor. If you haven’t seen the series, I would suggest watching it before reading these … Continue reading On Being Human Redux: Notes on “Orphan Black”

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CCLaP Fridays: NSFW Files … the Book! Coming out next Monday (1/19/15)

The NSFW Files includes essays on erotica written by a Nobel laureate, an outsider artist, a surrealist, and a French prisoner, among many more. Most important, the essay collection offers an answer to the question, “What dirty book should I read next?” Continue reading CCLaP Fridays: NSFW Files … the Book! Coming out next Monday (1/19/15)

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Harold and Jack: The Remarkable Friendship of Prime Minister Macmillan and President Kennedy, by Christopher Sandford @ NYJB

In Harold and Jack: The Remarkable Friendship of Prime Minister Macmillan and President Kennedy Christopher Sandford “expertly uses historical and archival material to make Kennedy’s and Macmillan’s Special Relationship come to life.” Continue reading Harold and Jack: The Remarkable Friendship of Prime Minister Macmillan and President Kennedy, by Christopher Sandford @ NYJB

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Reviews in Brief: Judge Dredd: Mega-City Two: Written by Douglas Wolk, Illustrated by Ulises Farinas

Espresso-sized book reviews for readers on the go. Karl Marx wrote in his 1852 book, The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Napoleon, “Hegel remarks somewhere that all facts and personages of great importance in world history occur, as it were, twice. He forgot to add: the first time as a tragedy, the second time as farce.”  This occurs in Judge Dredd: Mega-City Two, written by Douglas Wolk and illustrated by Ulises Farinas.  The notorious Judge Dredd gets relocated to Mega-City Two in a judicial exchange program.  Although one would not think so with this grimdark postapocalyptic setting, but hilarity ensues.  Mega-City … Continue reading Reviews in Brief: Judge Dredd: Mega-City Two: Written by Douglas Wolk, Illustrated by Ulises Farinas

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

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

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