I’ve never read anything by Hand, though her name does carry a bit of cache. Still, I always perk up at descriptions like: “low-key tales of the fantastical lurking on the edges of the everyday.” Though perhaps a little overly long, this review thoroughly describes a story collection I want to read. Fans of fantastic and fabulist short fiction should take a gander.
Was Hollywood as an establishment a collaborator or even a prominent supporter of the Nazis? Urwand thinks so and presents plenty of previously uncited evidence to back up his claim that Hollywood’s whitewashing of their relationship with Germany during the war goes far deeper than most are willing to admit. I’m not sure my attention span would get me through this whole book, but the subject matter is certainly interesting. Probably only a book for WW2 and Hollywood buffs and scholars, this book’s review is worth checking out at the very least.
I’m not sure how I feel about Matt Bell’s writing, but I do know this book has one of the most pretentious titles I’ve ever come across. Still, it’s getting a lot of buzz, and I’ve read and enjoyed a few of Bell’s stories in the past. If it delivers on its promise, this debut novel that Charles likens to a “story chanted by a druid on mushrooms” would be worth the excitement. That’s rarely the case with hyped-up books as this though, so I’m going leave this as a wait-and-see until a few more verdicts come in.
Quickly: Here’s a brief lesson in tact for Ann Rice: don’t refer to people who are upset about a public figure’s prominant and inexusable racism with the term “lynch mob,” especially if you are a wealthy, white, Southerner and the only qualification you have to join to conversation is that you write vapid vampire books (meaning your opinion wouldn’t be relevant even if it wasn’t asinine). Also: RIP Richard Matheson and Michael Hastings, hopefully this is just tragic coincidence. In a happier direction: David L. Ulin on DOMA and John Rechy.