Emotional Death Blows in The Tell-Tale Heart

“I was never kinder to the old man than during the whole week before I killed him.” So says the plagued with guilt narrator of Edgar Allan Poe’s classic, “The Tell-Tale Heart.” It is a statement, however, that is not merely applicable to the literal so much as the more abstract, emotional death blow that can be delivered to a person right before you do … Continue reading Emotional Death Blows in The Tell-Tale Heart

Per Orwell’s Warning, Language Continues to be Rendered Meaningless as Evidenced by the Meeting of the “Minds” at the Oval Office

Perhaps even more eerily accurate and increasingly prescient with the passage of time than George Orwell’s 1984 is his essay entitled “Politics and the English Language.” As only Orwell, in all his deftness, could describe the core of the problem of how we wield language, he commences the thesis as follows: Most people who bother with the matter at all would admit that the English … Continue reading Per Orwell’s Warning, Language Continues to be Rendered Meaningless as Evidenced by the Meeting of the “Minds” at the Oval Office

The Oxford English Dictionary “Can’t Help” Its Sexism In Its Latest Additions, There Just Aren’t Enough Female Directors

Though it is often difficult to ascertain precisely what century we’re in at the moment–nineteenth or twenty-first–the one thing that the Oxford English Dictionary can’t be blamed for (entirely) in its recent additions of Altmanesque, Tarantinoesque, Spielbergian, Lynchian and Kubrickian (all of which are, in case you couldn’t tell for yourself, indicative of a sausage party) is that the film industry is the entity at … Continue reading The Oxford English Dictionary “Can’t Help” Its Sexism In Its Latest Additions, There Just Aren’t Enough Female Directors

Riddle Me This: What’s the Meaning of a Kiss? by Marissa Glover

It’s no coincidence that we use our mouth, our lips and tongue, to kiss—the same body parts used in conversation, which is the human’s primary method of communication. The kiss offers a secondary mode of communication, and the messages we can send via a kiss are as vast and varied as the types of kisses that exist. This communicative nature gives the kiss its power, … Continue reading Riddle Me This: What’s the Meaning of a Kiss? by Marissa Glover

Woman World: Now Both Sweet, Realizable Fantasy & Graphic Novel

In the skewed, pea-sized mind of the misogynist, feminism can only mean one thing: the full-fledged radical desire to expunge all men from the earth. In Aminder Dhaliwal’s latest project, a graphic novel called Woman World, this isn’t something they even need to try at as the gradual weaning out of the Y chromosome has taken care of matters all on its own. The jig is … Continue reading Woman World: Now Both Sweet, Realizable Fantasy & Graphic Novel

Quiet Desperation by Loren Miner

“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.” (Ezekiel 36:26, 585 BC) Chief Amongst Sinners If I had five minutes with the most powerful man on the planet: I wouldn’t waste time talking politics or economic policy. I wouldn’t squander a precious second inquiring about … Continue reading Quiet Desperation by Loren Miner

Kate Bush’s Indispensable Role as Literary Guide Through Music

As Kate Bush turns sixty today, it bears reflecting on the milestone with an appreciative bent for all the English chanteuse of a theatrical, baroque persuasion has done to spread the ever diminishing gospel of literature in her music (that’s right, Lana Del Rey wasn’t the first). Perhaps as a direct result of being born in the very country that wrought something as dramatic and … Continue reading Kate Bush’s Indispensable Role as Literary Guide Through Music

J.G. Ballard’s High-Rise: There’s No Better Glimpse Into the Latent Ferality of Humans Than the Modern Concept of Real Estate

Before David Mamet painted the real estate industry as filled with nothing but Dorian Grays in painting form with Glengarry Glen Ross, there was J.G. Ballard to remind us that real estate, not money, is the root of all evil in men. And what better manifestation to iterate that than real estate in its most mutant and classist form: the high-rise? Modern in construction and … Continue reading J.G. Ballard’s High-Rise: There’s No Better Glimpse Into the Latent Ferality of Humans Than the Modern Concept of Real Estate

Britney Spears Is All We Have to Inspire the Current Landscape of Literature

Because the hubs of literature are often tragically left to the devices of those in Los Angeles and Brooklyn, we, the limited few among the reading public, are primarily saddled with what my ex would probably deem low art (because everything that isn’t Stendhal is low art, right?). It’s not necessarily always a bad thing–except, in retrospect, the work of Chuck Klosterman is pretty banal. … Continue reading Britney Spears Is All We Have to Inspire the Current Landscape of Literature

A Call for Reading Leaving A Doll’s House as a Way to “Honor” Philip Roth’s Death

The death of Philip Roth at eighty-five is symbolic of the continued tearing down of walls that have kept the old guard safe from too much judgment or criticism. The famously perverse Roth, whose perversity found him becoming a legend after the publication of Portnoy’s Complaint in, fittingly, 1969 (also the year Interview was started before it had to end), hadn’t released an incendiary novel … Continue reading A Call for Reading Leaving A Doll’s House as a Way to “Honor” Philip Roth’s Death