Auri & Cheney: Patrick Rothfuss’ The Slow Regard of Silent Things

Auri & Cheney: Patrick Rothfuss’ The Slow Regard of Silent Things

Maybe it's because I'm not a clocksmith or maybe it's because this is a bizarre thing to even consider but I've never been emotionally attached to a gear. Well, more accurately, I had never been emotionally attached to a gear. And then I read Patrick Rothfuss' The Slow Regard of Silent Things and goddamn if [...]

The Gravity of White Privilege: Jacqueline Woodson’s If You Come Softly

The Gravity of White Privilege: Jacqueline Woodson’s If You Come Softly

This post contains spoilers for If You Come Softly that cover the book's climactic moments. If you don't want the story ruined for you, bookmark this page and come back once you've finished the book. Happy reading. Jacqueline Woodson's 1998 YA novel If You Come Softly is slim but cutting and every bit as relevant [...]

The Lessons of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald and Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere

The Lessons of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald and Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere

Deep in an ancestral crypt, a group of wizards gathers to uncover a nefarious plot. That sounds like an exciting premise, right? Spooky and mysterious and full of ambiguous power. Except that when that exact scenario unfolds in the latter half of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, it falls completely flat. There are a [...]

Christmas Is a Lot of Things: On Linus and Owen Meany

Christmas Is a Lot of Things: On Linus and Owen Meany

It's one of the most famous moments in syndicated Christmas special history. Linus, wearing a green beanie and carrying his trustworthy blue blanket, steps to the front of the stage in an empty auditorium. A single spotlight illuminates him as he recites scripture from memory, describing to his best friend, the constantly beleaguered Charlie Brown, [...]

Don’t Define It: Dan Simmons’ Hyperion

Don’t Define It: Dan Simmons’ Hyperion

When asked to describe what kind of music his band plays, Andy Dwyer—the kindhearted lug played by Chris Pratt on Parks and Recreation—states that he "doesn't like to define" their sound but that they sound like Matchbox 20 and The Fray. "So ... rock," someone responds. "Well, again," explains Andy, "I don't really like to [...]

Internet Famous: Hank Green’s An Absolutely Remarkable Thing

Internet Famous: Hank Green’s An Absolutely Remarkable Thing

Roughly halfway through Hank Green's debut novel, An Absolutely Remarkable Thing, protagonist April May steps back from her story of alien statues, cable news blowhards and contagious dreams to evaluate and identify the varying tiers of celebrity. It's an instructive moment that allows Green to examine his own position in the hierarchy of the famous [...]