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Monthly Archives: May 2008

“Adversity makes men, and prosperity makes monsters.”

Several months ago, the hyper-articulate and wise Ed recommended an excellent book to me by Lionel Shriver, We Need to Talk About Kevin—a chilling portrait of the childhood of a fictional mass-murdering teenager. In an insightful Guardian book club piece, John Mullan describes the titular Kevin as a “frustrated satirist”, which captures the spirit of […]

“…there shall be to you many strange things…”

A biography of Max Schreck is due out later this year. Schreck was the magnificently gaunt and imposing star of Murnau’s haunting silent classic Nosferatu. Nosferatu was the first, unauthorized, adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula a book that has permeated public consciousness so thoroughly that many people expect its main character to be real. Dracula […]

“If you find all your ideas useless and ridiculous…”

Damien G. Walter has posted an excellent piece at the Guardian on Mundane SF. For the first time, I feel moved to actually bother to read some of that “Mundanista” stuff. Mr. Walter’s articulate championing of the sub-genre has won me over. Here’s the thing: I’m a sucker for a good manifesto. I love it […]