Very clever; great backstory to some of the sketches I've loved Tina in (Sarah Palin) and how 30 Rock came to be. It jumps around a bit but gives some...moreVery clever; great backstory to some of the sketches I've loved Tina in (Sarah Palin) and how 30 Rock came to be. It jumps around a bit but gives some nice personal detail about how TIna's life influences her work and vice versa. She has worked very hard to get to where she is, and done it with a lot of good humor. (less)
What’s the logical next step for a hit British period drama after it gets picked up by a major US cultural outlet and rebroadcast to a whole new appreciative audience? Well, besides having printable paper dolls modelled after your characters, of course. Having your story embellished in graphic form is a pretty good indicator of the massive popularity of your show. Even better? A graphic novel parody!
ITV’s hit show Downton Abbey is slated to start shooting season four this month, and season three just finished airing in the US on PBS, following the program’s fall 2012 run in the UK. What’s a fan to do in the meantime? Soak up any available special holiday episodes and read Jessica Fellowes’ accounts of The World of Downton Abbey (2011) or The Chronicles of Downton Abbey (2012), of course. Lucky coincidence that Jessica is the niece of Downton’s creator, Julian Fellowes.
Part fan fiction, part spy story, and part supernatural tale, Agent Gates and the Secret Adventures of Devonton Abbey (A Parody), is all entertainment. Hot on the heels of one of the most popular current TV dramas on the planet, this graphic novel is a fun little side trip into some of the characters and plot points that define the aristocratic soap opera.
An orphaned narrator in post WWII Naples is left to raise himself in a housing complex, learning to navigate the living, brea...moreMy review for PopMatters:
An orphaned narrator in post WWII Naples is left to raise himself in a housing complex, learning to navigate the living, breathing city that closes in on all sides, with only the help of Don Gaetano, the doorman. Don Gaetano is more than a simple doorman or gatekeeper, helping with repairs, keeping track of the neighbors, and doling out the mail to residents, however; he also shares life skills and a lifetime of wisdom with the narrator.
The boy studies Latin and other subjects at night, finding history to be “a kitchen full of ingredients, change the measurements and a completely different dish comes out.” He is always considering his place in the history of Naples, wondering at the stories of young men enlisting for war, wondering if his arrival in the world came too late.
As a young boy watching the bigger boys play soccer in the courtyard of the complex, the narrator proves himself by climbing a dangerous drainpipe to retrieve a stray ball, and along the way locks eyes with a mysterious girl at her upper-floor window. She is a shut-in, never leaving her flat, and the narrator hopes every day to catch her eye again, to know more about her.
Can’t get a job in this economy? Seems like everyone and their brother is getting an internshi...moreRead my full review on PopMatters.com. Here's the start:
Can’t get a job in this economy? Seems like everyone and their brother is getting an internship, whether it’s by casting your hat into an enormous ring of candidates, or by knowing the right investment broker who happens to have been your uncle’s best man. And working for free isn’t so bad, as long as you get your foot in the door and earn some valuable experience that will mean you’re first in line for the next job opening that comes up. Right?
Originally, the concept of interning came from the field of medicine, but it has since morphed out of control into the sprawling, ill-defined idea that in order to break into a field, one needs to work for free to gain the skills and connections needed to succeed in their chosen industry.(less)