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Original Essays | April 11, 2014

Paul Laudiero: IMG Shit Rough Draft



I was sitting in a British and Irish romantic drama class my last semester in college when the idea for Shit Rough Drafts hit me. I was working... Continue »
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If on a Winter's Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino
If on a Winter's Night a Traveler

Lucy Black, January 2, 2013

Almost a mystery, almost a romance, almost an ode to reading itself, this book should be required material for all self-proclaimed bibliophiles.
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Story of O by Pauline Reage
Story of O

Lucy Black, August 28, 2012

I finished this book almost entirely in one sitting, feeling much as though I were engaged in some sort of well-written train wreck. I couldn’t really stop reading (I kept telling myself it might get better) but I couldn’t pinpoint anything particularly redeeming or entertaining within the pages either. If you want to read about the psychological aspects of BDSM then look elsewhere. If you want to read an apologia to slavery, or a work of fiction that explores the freedom and human nature, read something else. What this novel does offer is page upon page of insipid gangbangs and whippings. (Even these are not described with any particular emotion or great detail, but more along the lines of, “she was entered” or “she screamed and writhed in pain,” which was perhaps the whole point, but it doesn’t make for an engaging read.)
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Mount Analogue (Tusk Ivories) by Rene Daumal
Mount Analogue (Tusk Ivories)

Lucy Black, August 28, 2012

Encouraged by a half-sarcastic, long since forgotten article, a man gets in touch with the author to go on a quest for an invisible mountain. Only the mountain is a giant metaphor for truth or something along those lines. This book is an excellent read, and can be taken as a philosophical exercise or enjoyed as an adventure story. The characters in the story might be questing for the metaphysical, but they never fail to neglect little details like money or proper mountain climbing equipment. Sadly, Daumal did not live long enough to finish this would-be masterpiece, but what he did get down on paper makes for an entertaining, enlightening read.
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Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell

Lucy Black, February 19, 2010

This novel is set in the early nineteenth century; an age where the once common magicians and their fairy servants have entirely disappeared. Two men appear on the scene to breath life into English magic, rescuing it from those who’d rather argue pure theory than practice the actual craft. Of course Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell have opposing ideas as to how they should accomplish said task, and there are many others who are eager to exploit the two magician’s talents.

One of the few good novels of the fantasy genre that I’ve read -- ever. Clarke evidently realizes that one can write creatively without sacrificing intelligence or credibility. Mixing historical figures with characters of her own creation, the author brings both to life with equal skill. Highly recommended to anyone who’d like a clever fantasy novel, where aspects like plot and character development aren’t sacrificed to funny-sounding names.
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Withnail and I
Withnail and I

Lucy Black, February 19, 2010

Criterion has once more done a magnificent job of restoring a classic film. Withnail and I is one of those movies you could watch over and over again. Two out-of-work actors living in London, travel to the English countryside to go on holiday -- evidently "by mistake." Hilarious and occasionally heartbreaking, the characters are brought to life by an outstanding cast and memorable dialogue. The soundtrack also deserves a mention, for perfectly complementing the mood of 1960’s London. I highly recommend this film to anyone with a sense of humor, who isn’t easily offended by substance abuse or animal rights. Marvelous!
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