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Art - Not Made in America-- Three films that get it right: The Wedding Plan, One Week and a Day, and The Commune by Jennifer Parker

May 26, 2017

Not Made in America - Three films that get it right:
The Wedding Plan, One Week and a Day, and The Commune

Review by Jennifer Parker

From the beginning of film history, movies have tried to tackle large social issues through a variety of genres. What makes a film remarkable is when the writer/director can marry different genres together and arrive at a work that not only has made nearly a 400 percent return on its original production costs in eight weeks but challenges the way we talk about complex social mores... read more >

ART REVIEW

Art - Let’s talk about the hard stuff: Get Out by Jennifer Parker

May 07, 2017

Let’s talk about the hard stuff: Get Out

Review by Jennifer Parker

From the beginning of film history, movies have tried to tackle large social issues through a variety of genres. What makes a film remarkable is when the writer/director can marry different genres together and arrive at a work that not only has made nearly a 400 percent return on its original production costs in eight weeks but challenges the way we talk about complex social mores... read more >

BOOK REVIEW

Novel - And Then by Donald Breckenridge

April 27, 2017

Novel
And Then
by Donald Breckenridge

Reviewed by Neil Tesh

‘She wants to know why he thinks her desire to travel is so ridiculous. He says that it isn’t ridiculous. She wants to know why he thinks her fantasies about escaping their everyday life are so unrealistic.’... read more >

ART REVIEW

Art - Teddy Thompson’s Ultimate Funeral Mix Tape

April 12, 2017

Teddy Thompson’s Ultimate Funeral Mix Tape

Amazing Grace - Aretha Franklin - Amazing Grace 1972
There is literally nobody in the history of recorded music I would rather hear singing Amazing Grace. This is almost a frenzied version, if something this slow can be called frenzied. Recorded live at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles in January 1972, it features the Southern California Community Choir. And the audience is as much a part of this rendition as Aretha is... read more >

ART REVIEW

Art - Cattelan the Perspectivist

March 24, 2017

Cattelan the Perspectivist

Multi-media sculptor Maurizio Cattelan is known for his conceptual prank art. He has taken things out of galleries instead of putting them in, dug holes in museum floors, used guards as pedalling exhibits and taped his Italian art dealer to the wall so he could merchandize himself... read more >

BOOK REVIEW

POETRY - DEAR EVERYONE BY MATT SHEARS

February 27, 2017

DEAR EVERYONE
BY MATT SHEARS

Review by Brennan Burnside

The poet Naomi Shihab Nye in an interview said that “words can give you something back if you trust them, and if you know that you're not trying to proclaim things all the time, but you're trying to discover things.” Words take control of a poet, words lead... read more >

BOOK REVIEW

MAGIC CITY GOSPEL BY ASHLEY M. JONES

February 24, 2017

Poetry
MAGIC CITY GOSPEL
BY ASHLEY M. JONES

Review by Josè Angel Araguz

In a foreword to a selection of her work, Adrienne Rich offers the following reflection on her early writing life: “The learning of poetic craft was much easier than knowing what to do with it—with the powers, temptations, privileges, potential deceptions, and two-edged weapons of language” (emphasis mine). .. read more >