Death and Renewal : Horror and Identity in L.C. Barlow’s “Pivot”

Pivot by L.C. Barlow My rating: 5 of 5 starsI know the author through our MFA program. Review contains non-specific spoilers.From the very first chapter, Barlow shows the reader exactly what sort of world Pivot is going to introduce us to--a world of violence and blood, of evil and coldness. A world of mystery. A … Continue reading Death and Renewal : Horror and Identity in L.C. Barlow’s “Pivot”

Why Stories?

Previously published elsewhere on the site and now moved and reposted to here. Why stories? Why do we write stories? Why do we read them? How much do they really matter? Think about how we often discuss stories in our culture: Pleasure reading. Guilty reading. Saying “I’m going to do absolutely nothing and read.” Using … Continue reading Why Stories?

Star Wars, The Rise of Skywalker, and the weight of audience expectations

After watching The Rise of Skywalker and following some of the initial internet response to the final film in the Skywalker saga, I’m still processing through the feelings I have about it and why I feel that way. And the things I keep coming back to that underlie my reaction have to do with the … Continue reading Star Wars, The Rise of Skywalker, and the weight of audience expectations

Hope, humor, and animals at the end of the world as we know it: Reviewing Kira Jane Buxton’s “Hollow Kingdom”

Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton My rating: 4 of 5 stars This was unlike anything I have read before. As a starting point, think of all those kids movies where unlikely animal pairs head off on journeys of survival. Then make it for adult audiences and set it during a zombie apocalypse with a … Continue reading Hope, humor, and animals at the end of the world as we know it: Reviewing Kira Jane Buxton’s “Hollow Kingdom”