Book Review: Goodbye, Vitamin

Goodbye, Vitamin, by Rachel Khong.

Goodbye, Vitamin: A Novel by Rachel Khong (New York: Henry Holt and Company, 2017. 208 pp) Rachel Khong grew up in Southern California and holds degrees from Yale University and the University of Florida. From 2011 to 2016, she was the managing editor then executive editor of Lucky Peach magazine. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Tin House, Joyland, American Short Fiction, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Believer, and California Sunday. She lives in San Francisco. The Bowl of Mixed Nuts It all started with a pill in the mixed nuts. For years, the one rule by which we lived centered on how my grandparents would bestow gastrologic riches upon visiting family. Good food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner…. Read More →

Film Review: Cake

Cake written by Patrick Tobin and directed by Daniel Barnz (Cinelou Films, Echo Films, We’re Not Brothers Productions, R, 102 min) Starring Jennifer Aniston, Adriana Barraza, Anna Kendrick, Sam Worthington. Habits How do you act when you aren’t conscious of your actions? I tend to rub my fingernails. It’s a habit I believe I’ve passed down to my son as he tends to want to rub my fingernails when he’s trying to calm down. The innate habits we possess to get us through life can vary greatly but we engage in them to cope with the minute to the drastic. Meet Claire With Cake, we see a mother coping with physical and emotional pain. Claire (Jennifer Aniston) attends a chronic… Read More →

Television Show Review: BoJack Horseman: Season 2

BoJack Horseman Season 2

BoJack Horseman: Season 2 created by Ralph Bob-Waksberg (Netflix, Tornante Company, ShadowMachine Films) Starring Will Arnett, Alison Brie, Aaron Paul, Amy Sedaris, and Paul F. Tompkins. Surprisingly Human Can you recall a tag line? Any tag line. Seriously. Not many are memorable. There are the classics, like “Just Do It.” But for the most part, tag lines represent vanilla pudding. While most tag lines provide bland descriptions of a good or service, some stand out for distinct reasons. Animal Planet, for example, has the tag line, “surprisingly human.” It’s a good tag, albeit a little odd. It attempts to draw the connections between our quadrupedal brethren. It also fits considering the myriad of reality television now residing on the channel…. Read More →

Book Review: The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet

The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet by Reif Larsen

The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet: A Novel by Reif Larsen (New York: Penguin Books, 2009. 400 pp) Reif Larsen studied at Brown University and has taught at Columbia University, where he earned an M.F.A. in fiction. His debut novel, The Selected Work of T.S. Spivet was a 2010 Montana Honor Book, an IndieBound Award Finalist, and on the shortlist for the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. Mr. Larsen is also a filmmaker specializing in documentaries. You Gonna Diagram That? Presentations represent a core deliverable at my work. In these decks, illustrations are key. More often than not, I draft the deck in full sentences and then consider ways in which to illustrate the point. Our minds are visual. We… Read More →

Television Show Review: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Season 1

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Season 1

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Season 1 created by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock (3 Arts Entertainment, Little Stranger) Starring Ellie Kemper, Jane Krakowski, Tituss Burgess, Carol Kane, and Dylan Gelula. Happy Comedy For years, the recipe for network comedy success required relatable characters, accessible locales, and a pinch of low stakes. Whether it’s Friends or Cheers, the comedy occurs in the screwball situations the writers can come up with. One character lies about something or another. A different character falls for said lie. By the end of the episode, it all resolves! The new creation from Tina Fey and Robert Carlock finds humor from a completely different avenue. Life after Doomsday Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt narrates the story of its titular character,… Read More →