by Ben Gassman
JUNE 2014 | Theater
Little-kiss lives. Im a sucker for broken alliteration and this phrase popped out of Ariel Stesss play Mother Milkan adaptation of Aeschyluss Oresteia set amidst American college town domestic squabbles and at what seemed like a family frat party with brother and sister playing grotesque and hilarious drinking gamesand tackled me, some Tuesday evening in the late winter of 2009.
JUNE 2015 | Books
Burning Down George Orwells House, Andrew Ervins first novel (and second book, after the very fine Extraordinary Renditions ), is the story of Ray Welters self-exile on the Isle of Jura, in the house where George Orwell (aka Eric Blair) composed 1984. Rays personal history is destructive, his professional history is worse, and he wants to begin again with a fresh slate. But Jura has no sympathy for him. At the end of the world he is plagued by memories of his ill behavior back home in Chicago, trapped by the horrible Scottish weather, and at the mercy of the islands moody inhabitants. Also, someoneor some thingis leaving animal corpses on his doorstep.