“The Name is Bond, Nerdy James Bond: Call for the Dead by John le Carre”

             The most interesting spy movie I’ve seen in years is 1965’s The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, starring Richard Burton. I ran across it while breaking in my Criterion Channel subscription early in quarantine and quite frankly, it’s a fantastic film. It’s great in the way all those “great” films of theContinue reading ““The Name is Bond, Nerdy James Bond: Call for the Dead by John le Carre””

Victorian Racism and Fish Dongs: ‘Neonomicon’ by Alan Moore

            Ask any ding dong off the street what comes to their mind when they think ‘The Victorian Era’ and they’ll likely talk about prissy, overly dressed English people that don’t have sex. If they know more about the Victorian Era than the average joe, they’ll mention the same stuff above, but also talk aboutContinue reading “Victorian Racism and Fish Dongs: ‘Neonomicon’ by Alan Moore”

Gaze Upon His Works, Ye Mighty, and Despair!: Dril Official “Mr. Ten Years” Anniversary Collection by Dril

            Somehow, after just three weeks of reviewing books, I’m somehow writing about a second whole book based on a Twitter account. The first was The White Man’s Guide to White Male Writers of the Western Canon by Dana Schwartz. It was a solid book of literary trivia written by someone making fun of theContinue reading “Gaze Upon His Works, Ye Mighty, and Despair!: Dril Official “Mr. Ten Years” Anniversary Collection by Dril”

Half of This Book is Brilliant: You Don’t Know Me But You Don’t Like Me by Nathan Rabin

             Insane Clown Posse is an unabashed force for good in America today. They probably always were, most of us were just too busy making fun of their fans to realize that. This review was written the day after the hip hop duo Insane Clown Posse canceled the 2020 edition their infamous ‘Gathering of theContinue reading “Half of This Book is Brilliant: You Don’t Know Me But You Don’t Like Me by Nathan Rabin”

The Stoner Comedy the Nazis Stole: Boy’s Club by Matt Furie

          In times of social and political uncertainty, there’s nothing quite as comforting as a stoner comedy. They require no mental effort to enjoy, are low stakes, and are gleefully apolitical. The closest thing any of these movies come to a political statement is that vague libertarian lite idea that weed should be legalized. JustContinue reading “The Stoner Comedy the Nazis Stole: Boy’s Club by Matt Furie”

The Version ‘Apocalypse Now’ You’ve Never Heard Of: The Bloody White Baron by James Palmer

          Ever since European men have ventured into parts of Asia, Africa and the Americas that they weren’t invited to, a certain trope has appeared in our collective memory that rears its head again and again in our fiction. A white man goes into the wilderness where he is unaccustomed, slowly goes mad and embracesContinue reading “The Version ‘Apocalypse Now’ You’ve Never Heard Of: The Bloody White Baron by James Palmer”

Bathroom Reading for English Majors: The White Man’s Guide to White Male Writers of the Western Canon by Dana Schwartz

           The humor sections of The New Yorker aren’t funny. Whether it’s the pictures or those bullshit tongue-in-cheek mini-essays they have in there. Pretentious humor can be funny, but these jokes are a six out of ten at best. You rightly deserved to get strangled to death with your watch chain if your snooty assContinue reading “Bathroom Reading for English Majors: The White Man’s Guide to White Male Writers of the Western Canon by Dana Schwartz”

History’s Messiest Bitch Who Loved All The Drama: Young Stalin by Simon Sebag Montefiore

            In the early 2000’s, MTV Cribs kicked ass. Apparently that show is still on, I honestly had no idea. Back in the day though, looking at all the crazy nonsense celebrities filled their house with was like gawking at the richest freak in the sideshow. A person acquiring riches seems to breed a levelContinue reading “History’s Messiest Bitch Who Loved All The Drama: Young Stalin by Simon Sebag Montefiore”

A Hair’s Breadth from Interesting: Wish by CLAMP

              There are certain genres of fiction that I’ll never really be into, no matter how good individual examples of that genre are. The other week Cindy and I watched Arctic starring Mads Mikkelsen. Think Castaway, but cold. Or The Grey minus the wolves. It’s a typical man vs. nature story while also being chilly.Continue reading “A Hair’s Breadth from Interesting: Wish by CLAMP”