Television Show Review: Westworld: Season 2

Westworld Season 2

Westworld: Season 2 created by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy (HBO, Bad Robot, Jerry Weintraub Productions, Kilter Films) Starring Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, James Marsden, Ed Harris, Anthony Hopkins, Angela Sarafyan, Tessa Thompson, Luke Hemsworth, Simon Quarterman, Shannon Woodward, Talulah Riley, Rodrigo Santoro, Ingrid Bolso Berdal, Ben Barnes, and Jimmi Simpson. It’s All Greek to Me When I was working on my undergraduate degree, I made the mistake of minoring in Greek. Scratch that. Having completed the degree, I don’t consider it a mistake. During my studies, however, it was definitely a mistake. Ancient Greek is a tricky subject. Unlike English where verb tense gives the reader context between past, present, and future—and the placement of the… Read More →

Book Review: Middlesex

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

Middlesex: A Novel by Jeffrey Eugenides (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2002.  544 pp) Born in Detroit, Michigan on March 8, 1960, Jeffrey Eugenides is a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and short story writer. As an undergraduate, he attended Brown University and later earned an M.A. in Creative Writing from Stanford University. Eugenides received the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Fellowship for a short story he wrote in 1986. In 2002, his novel, Middlesex, won the Pulitzer Prize and the Ambassador Book Award. Eugenides works on faculty at Princeton University’s Program in Creative writing and lives in New Jersey with his wife and daughter. Drawn to the Outsider Are you drawn to the outsider? Maybe it’s just me,… Read More →

Book Review: A Marker To Measure Drift

A Marker to Measure Drift: A Novel by Alexander Maksik (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2013. 222 pp) Alexander Maksik is the author of the novel You Deserve Nothing. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, his writing has appeared in Harper’s, Tin House, Harvard Review, The New York Times Magazine, Salon, and Narrative Magazine, among others, and has been translated into more than a dozen languages. Lost and Stories The popular television show, Lost, has eternally changed the way in which stories are told in the Western culture. Thousands tuned in to see a plane crash, only to find that was only the beginning. A mystery unraveled, piece by piece, until its finality. We were captivated for six years, only to be disappointed… Read More →