Tag: reviews

Critiques answer the question, “Is it art?” Reviews answer, “Is it good?”

Synoptipitch: Firefly

“It’s like if Star Wars were about Han Solo, but without aliens and blasters and hyperdrives, with the Jedi a 14-year-old induced-psychotic girl and sprinkled heavily with Old West individual-vs-the-Man subtext. Oh, and written by geeks. That’s Firefly.”

Harlan’s Secret

“People on the outside think there’s something magical about writing, that you go up in the attic at midnight and cast the bones and come down in the morning with a story, but it isn’t like that. You sit in…

Sorting Debbie

IN THE WAKE OF SINGER and prolific synagogue-music innovator Debbie Friedman, I find myself mourning her death but ambivalent about her legacy. The mourning: If you worship at most “progressive” (i.e., non-Orthodox) North American synagogues, you’re familiar with her work…

Huck’s Luck

IN ORDER TO WRITE ABOUT “niggers,” I should introduce myself as a “kike.” Or perhaps, in this context, a “shylock.” How did you feel reading That Word? I felt soiled writing it, just as I do when I hear it…