Book Review: The Idiot

The Idiot by Elif Batuman

The Idiot: A Novel by Elif Batuman (New York: Penguin Press, 2017. 432 pp) Elif Batuman holds a Ph.D. in comparative literature from Stanford University. She has been a writer in residence at Koҫ University in Istanbul, the Sidney Harmen Writer-in-Residence at Baruch College, and a fellow at the Cullman Center for Writers and Scholars at the New York Public Library. Her work has been published in n+1, and The New Yorker. Freshman Feelings Freshman year represents the nexus between adulthood with its responsibility and adolescence with its singularity of the moment. For those of us seeing increasing space between the present and those college years, that brief era feels like the glory days. These early moments outside the parent’s… Read More →

Film Review: Enough Said

Enough Said

Enough Said written and directed by Nicole Holofcener (Fox Searchlight Pictures, Likely Story, PG-13, 93 min) Starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Gandolfini, Toni Collette, Ben Falcone, and Catherine Keener. Target Markets Everyone’s favorite target market is the 18-35-age range. They are the youth that carry culture, start fashion trends, and usually spend money on themselves. When it comes to popular culture, this age range becomes the focal point of just about everything. Most trendy musicians sit in that range. Most movies circle around the difficulties of young adulthood. In particular, the romantic comedy funnels the 18-35 into a predictable narrative about a search for love and that perfect partner. Kate Hudson made a career out of it. Then it was Katherine… Read More →