Posts Tagged ‘book’

Half-Baked Alaska

Sean Penn’s Into the Wild sure runs long, but it never seems big enough.
Kristian Lin
In a fitful and fitfully effective sidelight as a director, Sean Penn has been trying to make Jon Krakauer’s book Into the Wild into a film ever since its publication in 1996.


Has Texas A&M Press become the Bush administration’s mouthpiece?
If you’ve picked up a catalog from Texas A&M Press lately, you’ve no doubt noticed all of the battleships and generals and wars. If you’ve caught the university’s Wackenhut-sponsored Homeland Security radio broadca...

Stranger Than Fiction

Big Ticket
It’s odd that artists who are extremely prolific tend to be viewed with suspicion rather than being celebrated for giving the audience so much.

Graduation Day

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So Harry Potter’s childhood finally ends this weekend, and the same can be said for that of many of his readers.

Lost in thought and balletic reverie

To a lot of viewers and critics, the title Lost has become a bad pun on the show itself.

Rooting for Roots

In a new book about Americana, the vitriol tries to dilute the poignant insights.
What an odd book — fascinating at times yet frustrating in its lack of organization and purpose.

Reading T Leaves

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By now, Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Terrell Owens has become so overexposed that even the people bashing him have grown tiresome. (Honestly, if Night & Day comes across another Skip Bayless column calling him “Terrible ...

Slipping a Mickey

Animals were definitely harmed during the making of Fast Food Nation.
Kristian Lin
One thought prevailed in my brain as I watched Fast Food Nation: Richard Linklater has turned into John Sayles. That’s not a good thing, by the way, though I’m sure it’s only temporary. The multifariously talented filmmak...

Books and ’Bots

The problem with most comic books and graphic novels is that most if not all of them are pretty poorly written. Obviously, I haven’t read every title ever published, but I have been through enough to make a sound generali...

Universal Hope

As a genre, gay fiction came into its own in the late ’80s/early 1990s, but the coming-out party felt more like a wake. The terrorizing effects of AIDS provided a generation of homosexual men with grand themes like mortality,...