Best of 2014

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Best of 2014: Staff Picks
The Steve Austin Show

Even if you’re not a wrestling fan, listen to retired professional wrestler “Stone Cold” Steve Austin’s recent interview with WWE head Vince McMahon on The Steve Austin Show. It’s one of the best interviews I’ve heard in a long time in any format. Austin and McMahon are clearly on an…

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Reader’s Poll
Best of 2014

For the first time in quite awhile, there were dozens of worthy films, television, series, albums, and books released in 2014. With such a wide range of choices, this year we’re going you the reader a chance to tell us what your favorites were. Vote for your favorites below!   Best…

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Best of 2014: Staff Picks
Under the Skin

What, exactly, is going on in Under the Skin, the 2014 film by Jonathan Glazner, is as hazy at the end of the film as it is at the beginning. A woman, who is quickly realized to be an alien, kidnaps men and proceeds to, well, it’s not quite clear….

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Best of 2014: Staff Picks
Fargo

In 2014, my cynicism was ruthlessly proven wrong, over and over again. Fargo, which I will venture to say is the best new TV show of the year, is evidence of that. I love being wrong sometimes. Turning Fargo into a TV show is one of the more bizarre examples…

FICTION

Latest Short Stories and Flash Fiction
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Short Story:
My Grieving Body

My mother had been too young, too pretty and had died too soon after giving birth to me, Sister Clemence told me. Of my father, she knew nothing. There was no name anywhere. Telling us children our histories was strictly forbidden but Sister Clemence had a soft place in her…

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Short Story:
The Assistant Manager

The violent blue of the Florida Chicken sign woke Farhan up at three a.m.—an hour and a half before his alarm went off. For the past three months, a bowling chicken in blue shorts with a purple question mark above its head had shaken him from sleep. He imagined that…

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Flash Fiction:
Infrastructure

Kacey tells me to lie down. The sheets and pillow case are blindingly white. They’re not covered with paper. This is a bed, not a cot, with a thin mattress. My wife has trained me never to sit on a bed.  Every time I did, early in our marriage, she…

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Flash Fiction:
Wherever I Wander

Aaron drives for Radio Cab and doesn’t get off work until late. He always says he’s going to take me star gazing out by the airport, but he never does. We always do the same thing: I wander off somewhere until the sun’s about to come up, and he picks…

POETRY

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Poetry:
Dive

In the violence of your jaw, I found myself again as your hack-haired friend mumbled “forgiveness” when “eternity” was so obvious — eternity we have, to count the broken gestures of a night, the loving of a dull orange light lapping over us from a cheap plastic globe at the…

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Poetry:
God to the Rain on Judgment Day

You thought you’d get away with it: Choking ships in the slanted sheets of your wind-blown rage or teasing starving farmers, a dry cloud scattering shadows over browning maize. You planted loneliness into planks of houses, stroking windows with feigned sympathy as every neighbor’s neighbor peered out into your grayness,…

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Poetry:
Smoking Weed With an Asshole

He wants to discuss evolution or The trajectory of some movement Musical, historical, Christian And bores through the topic Like a drone There is no explosion No interior blood or pus Coursing through torn flesh Just the trajectory. Can an emoticon Howl for Edvard Munch? How many times have you…

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Poetry:
Skimming the Lake

Listening to a conversation in another language, it’s tempting to infer intrigue—to make-believe a measure of depth, an element of romance. but in german, french or kiswahili, there are still the necessary exchanges about lost keys, dead light bulbs or the number of mosquitoes skimming the lake.   © 2014…

REVIEWS

Latest Film and Television Reviews
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Film Review:
Exodus: Gods and Kings

There’s an emptiness that washes over Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings, and it’s worse than any plague Old Testament God could muster. Within the first few minutes this emptiness starts seeping in, and it slowly builds with each scene, until the audience is drowning in the cold, emotionless abyss…

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Film Review:
Inherent Vice

The bad news is, Inherent Vice is easily Paul Thomas Anderson’s worst movie. The good news is, it’s still a Paul Thomas Anderson movie, so there’s plenty of great stuff to be found. But you do have to search for it. The setting is 1970’s Los Angeles. Joaquin Phoenix plays…

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Book Review:Wolf in White Van

Memories shape so much of our present reality.  We rely on them to control our progression into the future.  We see images, both fondly and horrifically, and we hear voices, which occasionally navigate our consciousness.  When memories begin spinning, they create a meta-reality—one in which we partially exist.  This realm…

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Film Review:
The Babadook

It’s December and I had almost given up on a good 2014 horror film.  Thank goodness for Australia.  Also, thank goodness for VOD because you’re likely not going to find The Babadook in your local theater. Released in cinemas on November 28th in a very limited fashion, it fortunately was…

Interviews

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Interview: Rolli

Canadian artist/writer Rolli has made a splash in the worlds of cartooning and literature with his singular comedic sensibility. His cartoons have been featured in Reader’s Digest and The Harvard Review. He has released collections of short fiction, including the critically acclaimed God’s Autobio, and the recent I Am Currently…

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Interview: Gessy Alvarez

The website Digging Through the Fat has become a gathering place for the online literary community, a place for writers to share their work, their publications, and a piece of themselves. That open spirit is reflective of the site’s creator, New York writer Gessy Alvarez. In this interview, Alvarez speaks…

FILM

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Film Review:
Exodus: Gods and Kings

There’s an emptiness that washes over Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings, and it’s worse than any plague Old Testament God could muster. Within the first few minutes this emptiness starts seeping in, and it slowly builds with each scene, until the audience is drowning in the cold, emotionless abyss…

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The Drunk Monkeys Film Department: Birdman Discussion

Long before its premiere, director Alejandro González Iñárritu’s film Birdman gained notice for casting former Batman star Michael Keaton in the role of an aging actor, Riggan Thomson, who also played a big-screen superhero in the 90’s. Depending on who you ask, Birdman either was or wasn’t written with Keaton…

TELEVISION

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Best of 2014: Staff Picks
Fargo

In 2014, my cynicism was ruthlessly proven wrong, over and over again. Fargo, which I will venture to say is the best new TV show of the year, is evidence of that. I love being wrong sometimes. Turning Fargo into a TV show is one of the more bizarre examples…

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Best of 2014: Staff Picks
Shameless

We’re almost at the end of 2014, and soon it will be time for you, our readers, to help select the year’s best in Movies, TV, Music, Books, Podcasts, and more. But before that happens, throughout December, our staff will be showcasing their own top picks in these categories. Here’s…

Non-Fiction

Essays and Creative Non-Fiction
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Creative Non-Fiction:
Mourning Doves

My husband and I are rebuilding our house, which was destroyed in a fire a year and a half ago. You could say it was my fault. Before the fire, I insisted on renovating my husband’s bathroom, turning it into a spa-like space with a steam shower, mosaic glass tiles,…

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Ferguson:
The State Attacks the People

The most remarkable event to come out of the tragedies in Ferguson over the past months was not that Officer Darren Wilson, the killer of Michael Brown, was not indicted. This was expected in the days leading up to the announcement. There is a history of a lack of prosecutions…

LATEST POSTS

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Film Review:
Exodus: Gods and Kings

There’s an emptiness that washes over Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings, and it’s worse than any plague Old Testament God could muster. Within the first few minutes this emptiness starts seeping in, and it slowly builds with each scene, until the audience is drowning in the cold, emotionless abyss…

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The Drunk Monkeys Film Department: Birdman Discussion

Long before its premiere, director Alejandro González Iñárritu’s film Birdman gained notice for casting former Batman star Michael Keaton in the role of an aging actor, Riggan Thomson, who also played a big-screen superhero in the 90’s. Depending on who you ask, Birdman either was or wasn’t written with Keaton…

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Best of 2014: Staff Picks
The Steve Austin Show

Even if you’re not a wrestling fan, listen to retired professional wrestler “Stone Cold” Steve Austin’s recent interview with WWE head Vince McMahon on The Steve Austin Show. It’s one of the best interviews I’ve heard in a long time in any format. Austin and McMahon are clearly on an…

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Reader’s Poll
Best of 2014

For the first time in quite awhile, there were dozens of worthy films, television, series, albums, and books released in 2014. With such a wide range of choices, this year we’re going you the reader a chance to tell us what your favorites were. Vote for your favorites below!   Best…

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Film Review:
Inherent Vice

The bad news is, Inherent Vice is easily Paul Thomas Anderson’s worst movie. The good news is, it’s still a Paul Thomas Anderson movie, so there’s plenty of great stuff to be found. But you do have to search for it. The setting is 1970’s Los Angeles. Joaquin Phoenix plays…