6 Things I love about Sofia Samatar’s Olondria novels

I read A Stranger in Olondria last year and observed how different it felt to read it compared to other books I enjoy. Typically, books that become my favorites are those that are impossible to put down; quick, intense reads. A Stranger in Olondria is so dense with description and mythology that I was compelled to… Continue reading 6 Things I love about Sofia Samatar’s Olondria novels

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

7 Things I Love About Station Eleven

I don't usually do Things I Love about books for several reasons--spoilers, for one. But I can't help it with Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, a recommendation I took from Roxane Gay's  2014 reading list. I started recommending to people before I even finished it because it was so much fun to read,… Continue reading 7 Things I Love About Station Eleven

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