Television Show Review: Preacher: Season 2

Preacher Season 2

Preacher: Season 2 created by Sam Catlin, Evan Goldberg, and Seth Rogen (AMC, Short Drive Entertainment, Point Grey Pictures, Original Film) Starring Dominic Cooper, Joseph Gilgun, Ruth Negga, Ian Colletti, Graham McTavish, Pip Torrens, Noah Taylor, Julie Ann Emery, Tom Brooke, and Ronald Guttman. *Spoilers for Previous Seasons* Beauty and Meaning Style and substance = nirvana. You need them both for perfection. Thinking about plotting, it seems so easy to see how writers picture an ending and organize story toward that end. Problematically, if someone isn’t involved in the main storyline, acting contracts and financial arrangements demand involvement. So, key characters enter side quests to keep them busy and more importantly for the actor, on the screen. Only until the… Read More →

Book Review: The Prague Cemetery

The Prague Cemetery by Umberto Eco

The Prague Cemetery: A Novel by Umberto Eco; translated by Richard Dixon (New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011. 464 pp) Umberto Eco was born January 5, 1932 and is a Knight Grand Cross of the Italian Republic. He was the founder of the Dipartimento di Comunicazione at the University of San Marino, an Honorary Fellow of Kellogg College at the University of Oxford, and is best known for his novels The Name of the Rose and The Prague Cemetery. He was also President of the Scuola Superiore di Studi Umanistici at the University of Bologna, and a member of the Accademia dei Lincei. In addition to fiction, he has also written both academic texts on literary theory and children’s books…. Read More →

Book Review: American Pastoral

American Pastoral by Philip Roth

American Pastoral by Philip Roth (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1997. 423 pp) Philip Roth is a novelist born in Newark, New Jersey. He attended Bucknell University and earned his M.A. in English literature from the University of Chicago. He taught at the University of Iowa, Princeton University, and the University of Pennsylvania. Roth has earned numerous awards during his career including, the National Book Award, the National Book Circle Award, the PEN/Faulkner Award, the Pulitzer Prize, and the Franz Kafka Prize. Plot and Structure I’m reading a book on plot and structure. It provides a fascinating look under the hood of narrative and story. One revealing item that now seems self-evident surrounds the differentiation between literary fiction and popular fiction. I… Read More →

Film Review: Cloud Atlas

Cloud Atlas

Cloud Atlas written and directed by Lana and Andy Wachowski and Tom Tykwer (Cloud Atlas Productions, X-Filme Creative Pool, Anarchos Production, Warner Bros. Pictures, R, 172 min) Starring Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess, Doona Bae, Ben Whishaw, Keith David, and James D’Arcy. All Circles Begin Where They End While the validity of reincarnation is not a topic within the scope of my expertise, or a principle for which I have any reason to contend its cogency, the ways in which our current actions influence future generations offers genuine  intrigue. Consider an obvious example, the resources used by society take time to replenish, if at all. Logging a tree to construct a house means the tree, as a… Read More →