Book Review: Smoke

Smoke by Dan Vyleta

Smoke: A Novel by Dan Vyleta (New York: Doubleday, 2016. 448 pp) Dan Vyleta has lived in Germany, Canada, the USA, and the UK. With writing compared often to Kafka, Dostoevsky, Hitchcock, and Nabakov, Vyleta has written numerous books to critical acclaim, including making the shortlist for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, the Scotiabank Giller Prize, and the winner of the J.I. Segal Award. Sin and Sin Again The history of humanity is a continuous struggle toward understanding why humans treat each other so disastrously. Any origin story or fable attempts to deal with the negative aspects of human relations. For some, it starts with the fruit of a tree and blossoms into brother murdering brother. For others, sin… Read More →

Film Review: Noah

Noah Film Review

Noah written by Darren Aronofsky and Ari Handel, directed by Darren Aronofsky (Paramount Pictures, Regency Enterprises, Protozoa Pictures, PG-13, 138 min) Starring Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Ray Winstone, Anthony Hopkins, Emma Watson, Logan Lerman, and Douglas Booth. At Last Ever since I heard the announcement that Darren Aronofsky would make a biblical epic, I’ve been giddy. Darren Aronofsky, you see, is one of my favorite filmmakers. He has a tendency toward bringing light to the dirty aspects of humanity and exposing it for all of its flaws. Knowing Aronofsky’s style, I fully expected Noah to move me deeply, to revolt me, and to display the shades of gray we all experience in life. Despite many protests from Christians about its… Read More →

Book Review : The Son

The Son: A Novel by Philipp Meyer (New York: Harper Collins, 2013. 561 pp) Philipp Meyer is the author of the critically lauded novel American Rust, winner of the 2009 Los Angeles Times Book Prize. It was an Economist Book of the Year, a Washington Post top ten book of the year, and a New York Times Notable Book. He is a graduate of Cornell University and has an MFA from the University of Texas at Austin, where he was a James A. Michener Fellow. A native of Baltimore, he now lives mostly in Texas. The Wild West I can’t say I would agree with the Wild West. I don’t really like camping, though I’ll do it. I’ve shot a gun (and was strangely accurate with it, I… Read More →