Barton Fink

I never know what's playing in the theatres, or which new, recently released onto dvd/netflix/mp3/whatever movies are even worth watching, so late at night, when I'm desperate for something to watch, I troll Netflix. I know I'm not the only one. 

The other night, when I was having trouble sleeping,  I scoured Netflix for the usual 30 frustrating minutes before finding 1991 film, Barton Fink. Directed by the Coen brothers, and starring John Turturro, John Goodman, and Judy Davis, I knew it had to be a good one.

This is a great movie to watch alone, with a friend, with a lover, with your brother, but maybe not your mother. It's hilarious, but there is some blood and smut, so maybe tell your mom to watch it by herself.

Compendium Monday #5

...On Wednesday, once again. Oops.

It's been a week filled with job training, yoga, research and interviews, so I haven't had as much time to read articles, but the following films and book have been really rewarding. Especially Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie



Stay tuned to the posting of my interview with Dan Jones at The Carolina Quarterly

It should be up at the end of the week!

Compendium Monday #2

BOOKS & JOURNALS I'm just beginning:

Obviously, I can't recommend these yet, but they've been recommended to me by trusted sources.

BOOKS I've just finished...



This essay, by the Editor-in-Chief of Ecotone, begins the latest: The Migration Issue.

You can find more about him HERE.

You can find this, and other captivating pieces in the issue of Ecotone pictured above.


Mischief and other minds by Francis O'Gorman can be found in the January 10 issue of TLS, and if you're at all curious about or interested in the work of Algernon Charles Swinburne, this is an illuminating read. I am only aware of Swinburne's work because of a creative writing workshop I took at Sandhills Community College a few years ago. One of the students--an ageless, timeless, curiousty--always came to class wearing expired military garb, reciting Swinburne's work in a warbling voice, sounding like a tide that might pull you out to sea. 


Nobody Walks was the most unexpectedly good film I watched this week. 

Compendium Monday

From here on, I am going to make a 'compendium' post every Monday that lists films and readings I enjoyed the previous week. I'm doing this so that I have one place where all the things I've enjoyed are logged and easy to return to, but also because there might be somebody else out there who actually enjoys some of the same things I do, and happens to enjoy something new because they found it here. 

Enjoy, or not.



This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz. I've just finished this one. It's not often that I get pulled along by a reading as with a melody, but Diaz's stories prose is so captivating that I couldn't help but to push back my bedtime to get to the end. Now I wish it weren't over.

A favorite passage from the section titled Otravida, Otravez:

"...Ana Iris is thin and worn. Her hair has not been cut in months; the split ends rise out of her thick strands like a second head of hair. She can still smile, though, so brightly it is a wonder that she doesn't set something alight."


Ecstatic Encounters, by Marci Shore, featured in the January 10th edition of the Times Literary Supplement. Really interesting read if you're at all interested in the French and Czech surrealists and the effect of Communism on arts and culture. 


Rethinking Restriction: Creative Limitation as a Positive Force by M. Allen Cunningham, found in the most recent issue of Poets & Writers.

In this article Cunningham quotes Zadie Smith:

"Magical thinking makes you crazy--and renders everything possible. Incredibly knotty problems of structure now resolve themselves with inspired ease. See that one paragraph? It only needs to be moved..."

Zadie Smith

Zadie Smith