8 things I love about the TV series Dietland

There are television shows that I watch, enjoy immensely, and then forget almost immediately. Then there are shows that stay with me, that give me something to chew on for days or weeks. I think AMC's Dietland is one of those. Certainly the book Dietland is, and the TV series is fairly faithful to the spirit… Continue reading 8 things I love about the TV series Dietland

Elsewhere on the Internet: Summer Movies Matter

Where have I been these last few months? Writing. Cooking. Job-hunting (again). Updating my food blog. And watching a lot of new TV and movies. I have not and probably will not read anything about Jurassic World I like more than this post by Michelle Vider, "Drink up that toxic masculinity": So I’m walking away from… Continue reading Elsewhere on the Internet: Summer Movies Matter

5 Things I Love About the BBC adaptation of Wolf Hall

As I noted in my books by women roundup, I loved Wolf Hall and its sequel, Bring Up the Bodies. I had grown very skeptical about historical fiction, because I've read very little of it that had writing chops necessary to sell the historical research. Mantel's books work for me because they are so well written and carefully… Continue reading 5 Things I Love About the BBC adaptation of Wolf Hall

An Unnumbered List of Things I Love About Gone Girl

Another day, another think piece about Gone Girl--but this New Yorker article is the first I've read that almost exactly nails what I like about the movie and book, especially the book: they show us what happens if we take a story we already know to its furthest logical outcome. Comparing Gone Girl to Lionel Shriver's We… Continue reading An Unnumbered List of Things I Love About Gone Girl

8 Things I Love about Orange is the New Black

It's not an unproblematic love. I'm well aware that as a privileged television viewer--one who has never been incarcerated and most likely never will be--there's necessarily something lopsided about my enjoyment of a prison drama. A prison dramedy, even, as this show can be very funny. But I think it's a well-made show that does some valuable things,… Continue reading 8 Things I Love about Orange is the New Black