Leonardo DiCaprio is going after that elusive Oscar win again, taking on the role of beleaguered but resourceful frontiersman Hugh Glass just before the 2015 film season closes. This has "Oscar-bait" written all over it. I see what you are doing, DiCaprio, but you may have torn off more than you can chew with this… Continue reading I Read It First: The Revenant
I Read It First: The Jungle Book
Yet another children's book! Admittedly, the Jungle Book is in a pretty separate category from most of the YA I've read this year, but it makes up for it with that complicated racial and colonial history. Let's talk about native kids portrayed as animals! The Book: the Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling Genre: YA, fantasy, colonial imperialism...? First… Continue reading I Read It First: The Jungle Book
Hello, dear readers! However many of you there actually are. You may have noticed I've been a little remiss in posting lately! Mostly just drunk movies and I Read It Firsts. Well, that's because I've been a little bit...gone. Well, actually, first I was preparing to be gone, and then I was actually gone. Gone where?… Continue reading I’m gone!
I Read It First: Frankenstein
I'm glad this project finally gave me a kick in the pants to actually read Frankenstein, which is often hailed as one of the first-ever science fiction books. It's a grandmother of the genre, and for good reason: the ideas and moral implications that it grapples with are enormous, and it has a really nuanced and… Continue reading I Read It First: Frankenstein
I Read It First: Black Mass: Whitey Bulger, the FBI, and a Devil’s Deal
We've officially reached the book on this year's reading list that I am least likely to have ever picked up on my own. What can I say? I really don't give a shit about gangsters and feds trying to out-swagger each other. The Book: Black Mass: Whitey Bulger, the FBI, and a Devil's Deal by Dick… Continue reading I Read It First: Black Mass: Whitey Bulger, the FBI, and a Devil’s Deal