Brandi Carlile: The Firewatcher’s Daughter

It’s here! And it’s magnificent! Brandi Carlile’s fifth studio album, The Firewatcher’s Daughter, was just released via ATO Records and it sure is somethin’ else. Recorded almost entirely as first takes without any demoing and little rehearsal, The Firewatcher’s Daughter is an unparalleled display of musical brillance. We throw around the word “wail” so easily when it comes... Continue Reading →

D’Angelo: Black Messiah

Now this is an album. You see, once upon a time, instead of auto-tuned pop puppets churning out vapid radio singles, there were artists who took years, sometimes decades, to conceive, create, collaborate and masterfully hone their music-making craft before even stepping one tiptoe into a studio to record an album. That is why and how there is a Kind of... Continue Reading →

Movie Review: Words & Pictures

What a lovely film Words & Pictures is. Clive Owen plays an arrogant literature teacher and Juliette Binoche is his equally arrogant art-teaching rival. Their inevitable romance is more sarcastic than sweet and the personal demons of the two teachers threaten to make their mock "war" real. The best parts of the film are the literary... Continue Reading →

Movie Review: You Will Be My Son

You Will Be My Son is an exquisite, mesmeric French film about family drama, a picturesque vineyard and a whole lotta wine. The film centers on an elderly, coldhearted owner (Niels Arestrup) of a prestigious family vineyard who shamelessly plots to disinherit his own disappointing son (Lorànt Deutsch) in favor of his ailing manager's more... Continue Reading →

Katie Ford: Blood Lyrics (Poetry)

Katie Ford's upcoming poetry collection, Blood Lyrics, possesses an authentic fierceness of emotion coupled with a literary eloquence that is all too rare in modern poetry. Blood Lyrics will be released by Gray Wolf Press on October 21st. [ O where has our meadow gone? that which swept us here? the orange cosmos and aster?... Continue Reading →

Rainbow Rowell: Landline

Rainbow Rowell has quickly become one of my favorite authors. I enjoyed Rowell's first two novels so much that, upon finishing Fangirl, I immediately dove headfirst into her spectacular third book, Landline. Star-crossed lovers, love triangles, long distance phone calls, quirky time travel, marital problems, crazy relatives, happy endings, second chances and a plethora of... Continue Reading →

Rainbow Rowell: Fangirl

I just finished reading Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl and it's been a long time since I've enjoyed a work of contemporary fiction so much. Much like Rowell's widely beloved previous novel, Eleanor & Park, Fangirl is an easy but well written and extraordinarily empathetic YA book. Fangirl tells a lighter story than the emotionally wrought Eleanor... Continue Reading →

Ted Galdi: Elixir

Ted Galdi's debut novel, Elixir, is a fast-paced cyber thriller with echoes of Michael Crichton and Outbreak. The protagonist is a mathematical whiz kid who gets caught up in a bizarre tale of international intrigue, cyber terrorism and Ebola. Plagued by his past as a child genius on Jeopardy, Sean Malone struggles to fit in... Continue Reading →

Movie Review: Run & Jump

Will Forte garnered critical claim for his performance in Nebraska, but the SNL's dramatic debut in the lesser known film Run & Jump was just as noteworthy. Based on a true story, the poignant Irish indie dramedy depicts an uptight neuro-psychologist (Forte) who moves in with a boisterous Irish family while conducting a case study... Continue Reading →

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