Television Show Review: Big Little Lies: Season 1

Big Little Lies Season 1

Big Little Lies: Season 1 created by David E. Kelley (HBO, Blossom Films, David E. Kelley Productions, Pacific Standard) Starring Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Zoë Kravitz, Laura Dern, Shailene Woodley, Alexander Skarsgård, Adam Scott, James Tupper, Iain Armitage, and Ivy George. For Such a Time as This Our society faces a much-needed reckoning. While many stray moments of light escape through the fissures and cracks, the moment for my genesis of understanding the shifting cultural view of harassment emerges with the release of the Ray Rice video. A star NFL running back, Rice faced some backlash when a domestic violence incident bubbled up during the nascent story cycles of the NFL offseason. As with many instances before this one, the… Read More →

Book Review: Middle Men

Middle Men: Stories by Jim Gavin (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2013.  221 pp) Jim Gavin’s fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Zoetrope, Slice, The Mississippi Review, and ZYZZYVA. He lives in Los Angeles. A Collection Collections of stories always have a theme. Whether they be reckless love, feigned innocence, or even dark horror, sometimes the overarching theme makes the collection either completely worthwhile or rather dull. Jim Gavin, in his debut collection of stories, finds a theme centered around the city of Los Angeles, and the men who inhabit it. The stories feature men making disastrous decisions, and then following them to their conclusions in an incredibly bathetic way. The theme of men trying to figure life out isn’t exactly… Read More →