Internal Review hopped onto Writer’s Bone‘s podcast to interview Emily Ruskovich, author of Idaho, to chat about her upbringing in rural Idaho, what interests her enough to write about, and what cliches young writers should avoid. Continue reading “Writer’s Bone Podcast Episode: Emily Ruskovich”
Two of the best new shows on television debuted on the same network in the first week of September 2016. One was created and stars a black man. The other was created and stars a woman. The white man hierarchy of Hollywood must be wetting their beds. And they should be. FX’s Atlanta and Better Things aren’t perfect, yet. But they can be. And that’s a good thing. Continue reading “Premiere reviews: FX’s ‘Atlanta’ and ‘Better Things’”
Matt Butler doesn’t shy away from his previous drug and alcohol abuse. He’s proud that he is sober and his new album Reckless Son (out Sept. 9) helps share his story. The album features honest Americana songs about recovery, experiences he had during rehab, and his subsequent recovery. Continue reading “Ep. 4: Matt Butler”
Travis Mulhauser’s debut novel may be set in a fictional county in northern Michigan, but Sweetgirl reads very much like an Appalachian or Southern Gothic novel akin to Winter’s Bone. His eloquent prose describes the beauty in the harshness of Cutler County and softens the roughness of his characters.
The novel follows Percy, an intelligent, 16-year-old high school drop out on the search for her meth addicted mother. During the search, she finds an abandoned baby in the care of two passed out drug addicts, which sends the rest of her journey into a melancholy adventure.
What is most striking about Mulhauser is how he became a writer. His style is obviously strongly influenced by his time growing up in Michigan, but unsurprisingly has strong ties to the south due to his time at the University of North Carolina – Greensboro’s MFA program.
I spoke with him about his influences and the fortitude it took to quit the comforts of a forty hour a week job to become a full-time writer. Continue reading “A conversation with Travis Mulhauser”
Girl Through Glass, the debut novel from Sari (rhymes with airy) Wilson, may be set in the cut-throat world ballet, but this is not a story about dance. It’s about what happens when a person’s world shatters apart and how those pieces can cut even years later. Continue reading “‘Girl Through Glass’ by Sari Wilson reviewed”
If you’ve read anything about We Are Not Ourselves by newcomer Matthew Thomas, you know it’s about Alzheimer’s disease. No critic tried to hide that fact; furthermore, Barnes& Noble’s own description of it enlightens readers about the affliction. Well, that’s about half right. Continue reading “‘We Are Not Ourselves’ reviewed”