Category Archives: TV and Movies

A review of Brett Martin’s Difficult Men

[The New Republic] Today, on The New Republic‘s website, I’ve got a review of Brett Martin’s very good (and very subtitled) new book Difficult Men: Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution: From The Sopranos and The Wire to Mad Men … Continue reading

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Novelists and cable television

[The New York Times] In Sunday’s New York Times Book Review, I’ve got an essay about how more and more novelists are selling the rights to their work to cable networks — and in many cases, even helping adapt that work, … Continue reading

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Mark Twain’s Many Mansions

[New York Press] In this week’s New York Press, I’ve got a story about Mark Twain’s long-forgotten residence in Greenwich Village—and the 1954 crusade to save it. I first discovered this while doing some research (on one of these) for grad … Continue reading

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Speaking in Dialects

[x-posted at The Rumpus] Tim Monich has five times as many IMDB credits as Jason Schwartzman, but we know for whom Brooklyn tolls. This week’s New Yorker profile of Monich won’t change that, of course, but it does offer a riveting … Continue reading

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John Cusack and DFW

[x-posted at The Rumpus] On Friday night, and in preparation for Where the Wild Things Are, I rewatched Spike Jonze’s first feature, Being John Malkovich. What struck me was not the film’s final childlike shots or how its puppet shows anticipate both Christopher … Continue reading

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Scenes from a Life

Today, Michael Mann’s Public Enemies opens nationwide, and I’ve got a couple of new stories tying into it. First, there’s this Cincinnati CityBeat cover story on “the Dillinger legend”—and by that, I mean not only the historical person, but also … Continue reading

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The Miseducation of Shelby Knox

[Patrol] Recently, Hulu started streaming documentaries on its site—something Netflix has been doing for a while now. In fact, Netflix offers more documentaries than any other genre, and I’ve got some thoughts about that, and a film titled The Education … Continue reading

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