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BOOK REVIEW: We by Yevgeny Zamyatin

What is interesting about literature written in the past is the omnipotent manner with which one, from our saggy hi-tech sofas in the future, can now read it: the time capsule quality of it. A quality so much more heightened when reading someone’s version of the future as written in the past, often wildly off

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Basement of Horrors: House Retrospective (Part 1)

I love Halloween. For me, October is simply an excuse to binge-watch a bunch of horror movies from yesteryear and distract myself from the real horrors of the outside world. And, like all of us this year, I really needed cheering up. It’s been proper ugly out there of late. There’s fuckface von Clownstick Donald

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BOOK REVIEW: The Overstory by Richard Powers

I’m at home in the forest. It’s where I head when I feel the nature deficit in a fast-forward city lifestyle, where I go for top branch birdsong and the sound of leaves touching. I like the sticky scent of tree sap and bark at my back and to marvel at the forest’s longevity, an

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FICTION: The Dream of the Tomb by Sanjay Bheenuck

I dreamt one night, clearly and vividly, of my tomb. At least I thought it was my tomb. Sealed in monolithic stone upon a shrouded and isolated isle of primordial forest. The image was so profoundly clear that I accepted it as a sign. With immediacy I set my seekers to find the location of

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FILM REVIEW: You Were Never Really Here

The filmography of Scottish director Lynne Ramsay would suggest that she has an attraction to dark subject matter. If there is a thread that ties her work together, it’s her sensitivity when dealing with ‘troubled’ characters, an impulse to look past their actions and explore the beneath. She is less concerned with plot and more

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FICTION: Gypsy Spring by David Charpentier  

On a humid Memorial Day, a fat, hairy caterpillar crawled up a plum tree’s branch toward a lush, green leaf. The caterpillar had eaten a baker’s dozen of leaves earlier that morning, but this piece of emerald succulence, floating on a stem mere inches away, would be the coupe de grâce. His mouth salivated with

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FILM REVIEW: Ladybird

Let me start by affirming something: I LOVE a good coming-of-age story. I also LOVE well-written dialogue. And complex female characters. And a score by Jon Brion. And, from what I’ve seen of her on-screen persona, Greta Gerwig, always a joy to watch and seemingly impossible to dislike. Another thing: I don’t normally like to

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FICTION: The Wrong Kind of Motherlover by Brian Frazier

When I called her an easy lay, I didn’t mean how it sounded. I didn’t mean she plowed seventy-two Kappa Kappa Kupals during a hot stretch in South Padre. No, I meant she led me in as easily as a new flock was led down a church basement for Sunday Bible study. We aroused a

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FILM REVIEW: The Disaster Artist

You’re not a true film fan until you have endured The Room. The ‘Citizen Kane of bad movies’, directed, produced, written by and starring Tommy Wiseau, The Room has gained infamy among cult movie enthusiasts since its 2003 release, steadily growing in feverish popularity and playing continuously to sold-out screenings across the world. Its achieved

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FILM REVIEW: Félicité

Félicité is many things. On the one hand, it’s a story about female power. On the other, it’s a love story, although not overtly so. You could also go and watch this film and enjoy it solely for the musical performances, which are exquisite. Félicité has a transcendent quality, the kind of film that resists easy

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