The Descent

The Descent

  Today is Thanksgiving, though you wouldn’t guess it from the sterile walls and empty smells. Visiting hours here are from 1:00-2:00 PM every day. Toy Story 3 murmurs in the background as my family and I approach the main desk. To enter the visiting area, there...
The Terranauts by T. C. Boyle

The Terranauts by T. C. Boyle

  T. C. Boyle’s new novel is all about the plot, with the author is at his acerbic best. You would not be blamed for thinking he has no faith at all in humanity until you get to the end. I can’t tell you about that because it would be the final spoiler of all the...
Elle directed by Paul Verhoeven

Elle directed by Paul Verhoeven

  For those that find cliché an imposition on their patience, Elle directed by Paul Verhoeven is two-edged. Yes, the film seems to find some conventions of the thriller indispensable, like the loud, sudden noise that turns out to mean nothing. And is it a spoiler...
Death Sure Changes a Person

Death Sure Changes a Person

    The first time I saw Lucille after she died, she told me, “You better find someone new, Harlan, or you’ll be lonely.” Needless to say, I was surprised. Just three weeks after she’d passed on, here was the world’s most jealous woman telling me I should...