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The Children's Crusade: Ann Packer

“I remembered my memory of the moment, because after so long that’s what memory is: the replaying of a filmstrip that’s slightly warped from having gone through the projector so many times. 1,249 more words


The Harder They Come -- T.C. Boyle

T.C. Boyle can’t quite believe the USA, and that makes him very useful. We’re on holiday with Sten and his wife Carolee. They’re on a cruise ship which promises they will ‘experience world-class indulgence’, something that becomes a grim joke later on. 776 more words

Reviews By Lucy And Todd

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey

Last week I went to one of my favorite used bookstores, Baybooks, in Concord and overheard one of the clerks say to another, “Why would she read the book first? 794 more words

Book Review

Mythos Modernized: The 1950s and Traditional Westerns Introduction

Through the 1950s the Western genre largely exhibited the same characteristics and themes that it had for the first half of the 20th century.  The Old West was typically portrayed in a highly romanticized manner, a vast, rugged frontier (emphasized in many films by brilliant cinematography capturing wide open plains and deserts, stunning mountain ranges, and enormous plateaus) whose conquest was among the noblest and manliest of American endeavors. 288 more words

American Culture

Won't You Come and Wash Away the Rain? (Black Hole by Charles Burns)

Charles Burns’ twelve-issue comic book series Black Hole (Pantheon 2005) follows a group of teenagers in dreary 1970s suburban Seattle as they face the usual and unusual tribulations of adolescence: love, loneliness, uncertainty about the future, and a sexually-transmitted infection known as “The Bug,” which causes strange physical mutations (a tail, an extra mouth, skin that sloughs off) in the unfortunate hosts. 129 more words

Three-Sentence Reviews

Mythos Modernized: Transformation of the American Western from the 1950s to the Present

In the 20th century, with the emergence of film as a dominant force in American media, the Western, already long a staple of American fiction with roots in dime novels, quickly became one of the most popular genres of American film.  288 more words

American Culture

Review | China Men by Maxine Hong Kingston

CHINA MEN by Maxine Hong Kingston

Let me just begin with the following statement: I don’t like immigration stories. I really, really don’t. If it were not for a class, I wouldn’t really have cared enough to pick up this book for myself.  748 more words