Book Review: John Henry Days

John Henry Days by Colson Whitehead

John Henry Days: A Novel by Colson Whitehead (New York: Doubleday, 2001. 400 pp) Colson Whitehead was born in 1969 and raised in Manhattan. He attended Harvard College and afterward he began working as a reviewer for The Village Voice. Out of the gate, Whitehead’s fiction gained acclaim when his first novel, The Intuitionist, won the Quality Paperback Book Club’s New Voices Award. His work has earned him the Young Lions Fiction Award, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, the PEN/Oakland Award, and a Whiting Writers Award. Also, Whitehead has received a MacArthur Fellowship and a fellowship at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers. The Legend The legend of John Henry remains resonant after all these years. A man, at the peak of his occupational powers faces the risk and uncertainty of the… Read More →

Film Review: Spotlight

Spotlight

Spotlight written and directed by Tom McCarthy (Participant Media, First Look Media, Anonymous Content, R, 128 min) Starring Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, John Slatterly, Brian d’Arcy James, and Stanley Tucci. In Defense of Procedure When one hears the term “procedural,” the tendency is to associate it with the detective genre. The murders begin; the police follow a rigorous process to uncover clues about the killer. A procedural implies a process or procedure enacted toward a specific end. Procedures exist in various elements of our lives. The doctor operates a procedure on a patient. A parent follows a procedure before a child’s bedtime (e.g., pajamas, brush teeth, story time, eyes closed). A college student better follow a… Read More →