I looked at every single Academy Awards ceremony over the past 88 years and found a pretty clear pattern. Without books, the Oscars would be virtually unrecognizable. … More This Year’s Oscars Will Be One of the “Least Literary” in History
Enough digital ink has been spilled over the awfulness of Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but allow me to add a drop of a different color. While most critics have focused on the lack of character motivation, the skimpy writing, the overwhelmingly complicated plot, the poor direction, the bland score, too much time devoted to setting up future features, and the overwhelming sense of gloom and cynicism, few have focused on the source material that led to this cinematic disaster and how this work became so poorly translated. … More The Batman v Superman We Deserve: Why Zack Snyder Used the Wrong Source Material
I was 9 the first time I heard Chicago had been destroyed. It was the summer of 1996 and Roland Emmerich’s Independence Day was on a rampage. Bill Pullman’s President Thomas J. Whitmore told the audience Chicago was dead, incinerated by fire or, as Will Smith’s character put it, that “green shit.” … More Why is Pop Culture Obsessed with Destroying Chicago?
Some people are going to hate the Goodman Theatre’s adaptation of Roberto Bolaño’s 2666 in Chicago. The group sitting next to me left during the first intermission and never came back. The elderly gentleman in front of me stuck around until midnight, but used all three intermissions as opportunities to explain—red-faced, to anyone who would listen—why … More How Does the 2666 Play Compare to the Book?