| Nov 1, 2012
| 11:00 AM
The Hood Internet’s first album of original music, “Feat” (Decon), initially comes off as a departure from the Chicago-North Carolina duo’s trademark mash-ups.
Don’t believe the hype, says Steve Reidell, who partners in...
| Jun 10, 2013
| 10:12 AM
Back in 2010, shortly after Paramount Pictures’ "Paranormal Activity" became a mega-hit on a micro-budget, executives at the studio decided to launch a label dedicated to making more movies of this kind.
InSurge, as it was known, would produce...
| Jul 11, 2013
| 7:52 AM
Revenge tales don’t come more hard-boiled than Chan-wook Park’s “Old Boy.” Unless, perhaps, it’s Spike Lee’s “Oldboy,” the 2013 remake of the Cannes-decorated 2003 hit.
At least that’s how it seems...
| Aug 30, 2013
| 8:00 AM
When the screenwriter Aaron Guzikowski was a child, he once drew some disturbing pictures in art class — so disturbing the teacher called his parents in for a talk.
"I think the school was really worried by what it said about my home life," said a...
| Aug 14, 2013
Supper clubs are a distinct genre of dining out. Usually family-run and usually located near vacation spots in the Midwest, these restaurants are famed for good, homey food, hearty portions and surroundings that transport diners back to the mid-20th...
| Feb 1, 2013
| 3:07 PM
Apparently, there is now something called "new adult" literature.
I know this because The New York Times told me so. They say that new adult books "fit into the young-adult genre in their length and emotional intensity, but feature slightly older...
| Jan 25, 2013
| 1:29 PM
Some comic-book writers (Neil Gaiman, for instance) are able to pass through the dimensional portal to imageless genre fiction without loss of spellbinding potency; others — well, the less said about Alan Moore's “Voice of the Fire,” the...
| Apr 6, 2013
| 12:30 PM
Genre fiction, the catch-all category for lowbrow literary long-forms — crime, suspense, horror, fantasy, romance, mystery and sci-fi — is the Rodney Dangerfield of literature: It can't get no respect.
Wikipedia defines the term thusly:...
| Jul 24, 2013
| 11:24 AM
Scott Phillips’s latest novel, “Rake” (Counterpoint: 192 pp., $25), is narrated by an actor whose name we never learn. That, of course, is only as it should be, for what’s important is not who he is but who he plays: Dr. Crandall...
| May 30, 2013
| 12:58 PM
David Iserson is used to writing for TV, with credits that include "United States of Tara," "Up All Night" and currently "New Girl"-- so he's become accustomed to all the ribbing that's built into the comedy environment.
That's why the 35-year-old...
| Oct 27, 2012
| 4:00 AM
The Dead Do Not Improve
Jay Caspian Kang
Hogarth: 272 pp, $25
Jay Caspian Kang's debut novel, "The Dead Do Not Improve," demands to be accepted on its own terms. Moving past the era in which...