Monthly Archives: January 2011

Cold Comfort from The Pillowman

James Sherrill as Katurian The Pillowman by Martin McDonagh is currently playing at the Broken Leg Stage in the Tower District of Fresno.  The production was directed by Heather Parish, who has directed plays for the Woodward Shakespeare Festival, and … Continue reading

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Best Actor and Actress of 2010

If I could vote for best actor and actress in a motion picture for 2010, I would vote for Colin Firth as King George VI in The King’s Speech, and Natalie Portman as Nina, the perfectionist ballerina, in Black Swan.  … Continue reading

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Flannery O’Connor (part 3)

As I have now finished reading Flannery: A Life of Flannery O’Connor by Brad Gooch, I have reached several conclusions about my all-time favorite author.  First, Flannery O’Connor died much too soon, depriving us of so much more that she … Continue reading

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Flannery O’Connor (part 2)

As I continue through my copy of Flannery: A Life of Flannery O’Connor by Brad Gooch, I have a renewed interest in reading O’Connor’s fiction.  Events in her life help to enlighten her fiction in an interesting way.  She often … Continue reading

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Flannery O’Connor (part 1)

My all-time favorite author is Flannery O’Connor.  My introduction to O’Connor came in my freshman year at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville during an Introduction to Fiction class.  The story was “Revelation,” and it was love at first sight.  Later … Continue reading

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Putting Punk into Speculative Fiction

Speculative fiction is a descriptive term for highly imaginative forms of literature, including Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Supernatural, and Alternate History.  In recent times, authors have created many new subgenres, adding the suffix –punk to words in order to create … Continue reading

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The Man Who Played With Fire

Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl who Played with Fire, The Girl who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest) has taken the publishing industry by storm.  All three books have been immensely popular, and have led … Continue reading

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