Blowout

In the 1981 Brian De Palma movie, John Travolta plays a sound technician who goes out one night to record sounds on a lonely road. He witnesses a car accident and saves a woman from drowning (eerily similar to the Chappaquiddick incident of 1969). Being a De Palma film, the movie isn’t just about how ...

Coen Brothers 1

If you’re a Coen Brothers fan and eagerly awaiting the fall release of their new film, A Serious Man, then you might enjoy this recap of some of less-recognized actors they’ve used, the great character actors who’ve done tremendous work but whom the Coens have only used a few times, or in some cases only ...

KKR

I’ve been out of the IPL loop for the last two days, so forgive me if I’m repeating a phrase: I can’t believe the Kokatta Knight Riders beat the Chennai Super Kings. A stunning upset. Chennai was in second place with 6 wins, Kolkatta in last place with 1 win. They had to chase 189 ...

Fun Home

Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel My review rating: 3 of 5 stars A devastating portrait of a girl and her father. Or of a father and his daughter. Bechdel writes with the literary flourishes of a doctoral thesis in English literature. The story is compelling and heartbreaking, comic and tragic. If it ...

War of the Worlds

The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells My review rating: 3 of 5 stars There have been a myriad of adaptations of this book made, most recently a movie starring Tom Cruise, but most famously a radio show by Orson Welles that drove an American radio audience into a frenzy. (A similar radio adaptation ...

Illin’ 1

I should be running a race right now. I should be pumping my arms and legs to see how much punishment my sore foot can take in 6.2 miles. I should be sweating and breathing heavily and exhilarated. I should be outside, enjoying this foggy but mild day with 4999 of my fellow runners. I ...

Subie! 2

An officer from the 102nd precinct just called us to inform us that they arrested a man who was driving our car. M has to file an official complaint stating that she didn’t give this man authority to drive our car. The police have to keep the car for evidence for now, but it looks ...

IPL Cricket

IPL Cricket
Delhi has placed themselves squarely in the lead in the IPL. There are two more weeks left in the season, and the last half of the last week will be devoted to the four playoff games. But for now, the Delhi Daredevils are way out front, having won 8 of their 10 games. Chennai still ...

VSF

I would refer to the max 1000 word stories that wigleaf publishes as short fiction rather than very short fiction. Very short fiction should fall in the under 500 word category. That having been said, you should check out wigleaf‘s 2009 Top 50 VSF (which were actually published in 2008; it’s like the Oscars that ...

Mega Shark

Seriously, is this for real?