Gillian Flynn, Dark Places

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn My rating: 5 of 5 stars "America is not a young land: it is old and dirty and evil before the settlers, before the Indians," wrote William S. Burroughs, a writer who was born, like Gillian Flynn, in Kansas City, MO, and who ended his days in Lawrence, KS. "The … Continue reading Gillian Flynn, Dark Places

Updates and Goodreads Reviews

1. My review of William Giraldi's new novel, Hold the Dark, appears at Rain Taxi; it addresses Giraldi's controversial criticism and includes a defense of his somewhat unfashionable aestheticism. 2. I am going to cross-post my Goodreads reviews to this blog from now on, in the interests of disseminating my writing to the largest possible audience. … Continue reading Updates and Goodreads Reviews

The Quest for Restoration; or, Gone Girl and Interstellar Considered as the Same Film

Thesis: Gone Girl and Interstellar share a single narrative, though they tell it in two different genres (the Hitchcockian darkly comic thriller and the Kubrickian/Spielbergian science fiction epic, respectively). Were it not for Christopher Nolan's commitment to gravity (pun very much intended), Interstellar could be called Gone Guy. Evidence: 1. The narrative of both films … Continue reading The Quest for Restoration; or, Gone Girl and Interstellar Considered as the Same Film

Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn My rating: 4 of 5 stars Aesthetics: This is a commercial thriller. I am not exactly sure why some describe it as a literary crossover--aside from the fact that its characters are somewhat superficially literary, Flynn's prose is commercial through and through, zippy and poppy, written at least in part … Continue reading Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl