An Affair to remember

Posted by on Dec 23, 2014 in criticism, tv

A Slate article dishes on the Affair. My response: I think this clever review needs a more dispassionate third perspective (like the role of the police in the show). The criticism that he’s a cad seems besides the point: the show tells us that but also has us rooting for him, giving us both the […]

Not just another murder and sex show

Posted by on Nov 13, 2014 in Art and Entertainment, criticism, tv

By Oliver Morrison “The Affair,” a new ten-episode series from Showtime, has managed to find a new crime subgenre in this age of over-saturation. Shows such as “Twin Peaks” and more recently “The Killing” found new territory by unearthing the warping consequences of a single murder for a whole season that murder-an-episode shows such as […]

Words on Pictures

Posted by on Oct 13, 2014 in Art and Entertainment, criticism, Media

By Oliver Morrison “The 50 Year Argument” Directed by Martin Scorsese and David Tedeschi The New York Review of Books has been a titan of the American intellectual world for the last 50 years. Some of the best minds have sharpened their most provocative ideas in its pages. But the movie Martin Scorsese made with […]

100 Ways to Die

By Oliver Morrison Sarah Ruhl, one of the most iconoclastic and successful modern playwrights, has invented a new style of non-fiction. The title takes two full breaths to say: “100 Essays I don’t have Time to Write: On Umbrellas and Sword Fights, Parades and Dogs, Fire Alarms, Children and Theater.” Although the essays themselves are […]