Gambino grows up: ‘Awaken, My Love!’ reviewed

Donald Glover’s artistry blossomed in recent years. It might have been an existential crisis in a hotel around the release of Childish Gambino’s Because the Internet in 2013. It might have been that he was finally allowed to write and act his own thoughts instead of helping Tina Fey on 30 Rock or playing Dan Harmon’s affable… Read More Gambino grows up: ‘Awaken, My Love!’ reviewed

‘This is Us’ proves cable dramas need explosive acting; not explosive CGI

Here is a confession that I should just get out of the way right now. I cried five minutes into NBC’s This is Us. Not a full fledged ugly cry. Just a little swelling of tears. I’m not sure what that says about me. That I’m not manly? That I appreciate cliched tropes? That this… Read More ‘This is Us’ proves cable dramas need explosive acting; not explosive CGI

‘Mr. Splitfoot’ by Samantha Hunt reviewed

[ release date: January 5, 2016 via Houghton Mifflin Harcourt] Samantha Hunt’s latest novel, Mr. Splitfoot, is an enchanting modern gothic ghost story. The most memorable aspect of the novel Hunt’s ability to bring to life this story that primarily deals with the dead. Her prose makes the characters feel alive, and, even though there… Read More ‘Mr. Splitfoot’ by Samantha Hunt reviewed