[film] American Movie The mockumentary is like reality TV’s sophisticated older cousin. It understands and embraces the voyeuristic appeal of watching “real” people, but doesn’t abandon wit, nuance and plot in the process. This odd, underappreciated gem is a fine example of the genre—at once broadly comedic and subtly subversive. It follows the travails of a mentally unstable … [Read more...] about Mockin’ in the Free World
[song] “I Heard it Through the Grapevine” The Slits Nothing against Creedence, but this ’70s girl punk group’s cover of the seminal Motown ditty is the most interesting to date. It lends “Grapevine” a degree of sass that transforms it from a song of pining codependence to one of scoffing indifference. On the whole, these broads generated a body of work that broke down barriers … [Read more...] about Good Remakes
[film] Soylent Green This week we have thought nothing but green thoughts. But enough is enough. After all, we can only reiterate our impending doom so many times before you get fed up and reach for some tawdry tabloid. So in this space we aim to shed the green that denotes apocalyptic avoidance in favor of less green, um, pastures. After this, that is: Soylent Green is one of … [Read more...] about Green Overload
[BOOK] GIRLS OF RIYADH RAjaa Alsanea This is the kind of novel that you don’t buy. Rather, this is the kind of novel that someone passes to you after a conversation about feminism or global politics. An Australian girl who was passing through Maui handed me the copy I’m currently reading. Girls of Riyadh is promoted as Saudi Arabia’s answer to Sex and the City. I disagree, … [Read more...] about So Saudi
[book] Close to Shore Michael Capuzzo Selachophobia—fear of sharks—is one of the most irrational fears one can harbor. The stats come nowhere near supporting that sense you get once you pass the shore break, the one that makes you think your fate rests within the gullet of Galeocerdo cuvier. This, apparently, is a result of sensationalistic media. Jaws author Peter Benchley … [Read more...] about Sharks!