Television Show Review: True Detective: Season 2

True Detective Season 2

True Detective: Season 2 created by Nic Pizzolatto (Home Box Office, Anonymous Content) Starring Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams, Taylor Kitsch, and Vince Vaughn. Do You Really Need to Clean Your Room? I’m watching a lot of children’s television these days. It’s awful and paradoxically not that bad. Children’s programming follows a clear set of rules. We need to teach the kids important lessons, lest television rots the brains of our most impressionable. In one episode, the protagonist preferred not to clean up after playtime. Picking up toys is a chore. We all want to play as much as we can. Am I right? Thus comes a social experiment. What if we didn’t tidy up? Unfortunately, our young hero lost everything… Read More →

Book Review: Of Mice and Men

Of Mice and Men

Of Mice and Men: Steinbeck Centennial Edition by John Steinbeck (New York: Penguin Books, 2002; originally published in 1937. 320 pp) Born in Salinas, California in 1902, John Steinbeck grew up in a fertile agricultural valley about twenty-five miles from the Pacific Coast. In 1919, he went to Stanford University, where he intermittently enrolled in literature and writing courses until he left in 1925 without taking a degree. During the next five years, he supported himself as a laborer and journalist in New York City. He published his first novel, Cup of Gold, in 1929. After a marriage and a move to Pacific Grove, California, Steinbeck continued writing novels. Popular success and financial security came with Tortilla Flat in 1935… Read More →

Book Review: Inherent Vice

Inherent Vice by Thomas Pynchon

Inherent Vice: A Novel by Thomas Pynchon (New York: The Penguin Press, 2009. 384 pp) Thomas Pynchon is a reclusive American novelist. His novels have earned much acclaim, including his most noteworthy, Gravity’s Rainbow, winning the 1974 National Book Award for Fiction. Inherent Vice is currently being developed into a film by Paul Thomas Anderson. When Innovation Isn’t Innovative Isn’t it odd to look back at all the movements we thought would take over the world? While some sneak their way into the foundations of society, others drift away like a dandelion seed caught in a zephyr. Remember MySpace? That was funny wasn’t it? Even longer term, I wonder what our grandchildren will think of our desktop and laptop computers?… Read More →

Book Review: Useless Landscape, or A Guide for Boys

Useless Landscape, or a Guide for Boys: Poems by D. A. Powell (Minneapolis: Graywolf Press, 2012. 110 pp) D. A. Powell is the author of five collections of poetry, including the trilogy of Tea, Lunch, and Cocktails, and Chronic, winner of the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. He has twice been a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry. He lives in San Francisco. The Who Who are you? The defining characteristics of each person are often both varied and unusual. As humans we can all claim similar traits. We love; we laugh; we live; we die. Externally, we even define ourselves through the region in which we live. I am a Seattleite; I am Cascadian. My region… Read More →