Literary Hub: The Red Grove

Literary Hub: The Red Grove

June 26, 1997 Someone had spotted something unusual moving in the Red Grove’s cliffs. High up in an alcove, a mountain lion had made a den for her three kittens. Nobody in the community remembered seeing a whole mountain lion family before, as they are secretive, stealthy, and rare. Evidence appeared sometimes—a dried paw print […]

Los Angeles Review of Books: Authoritarian Media: On Peter Pomerantsev’s “How to Win an Information War”

THE 2023 FILM The Zone of Interest—a UK, Polish, and US co-production—was widely lauded for its sound design, winning the 2023 Academy Award for best sound and Cannes Film Festival and BAFTA awards in the same category. Critics marveled at how the movie evoked the quotidian reality of family life next door to Auschwitz and […]

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Electric Literature: “The Shining” Helped Me Acknowledge the Violence in My Marriage

When I watched The Shining for the first time, the movie got stuck right when Jack Nicholson’s character takes an axe to the door of the room where his wife is hiding. “Here’s Johnny,” he’s about to declare, thrusting his face through the half-demolished door. But we got stuck just before that, when the door […]

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Los Angeles Review of Books: Misinformed Care: On Uché Blackstock’s “Legacy” and Constance Hilliard’s “Ancestral Genomics”

BILLY WOODBERRY’S BLESS Their Little Hearts (1984), written and filmed by Charles Burnett of Killer of Sheep (1978), follows a Black family living in Los Angeles. The husband, Charlie (Nate Hardman), has been unemployed for 10 years, and during that time, his wife, Andais (Kaycee Moore), has been carrying the couple and their three children. […]

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Electric Literature: A Daughter Reclaims Her Mother’s Story From the Sensational Headlines About Her Murder

Electric Literature: A Daughter Reclaims Her Mother’s Story From the Sensational Headlines About Her Murder

When Kristine S. Ervin was eight years old, her mother, Kathy Sue Engle, was violently abducted from a shopping mall parking lot in Oklahoma and murdered. Though Ervin’s debut memoir, Rabbit Heart, does include an eventual resolution to the case in which Kyle Eckardt was convicted, the narrative is not categorizable as true crime, and […]

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Electric Literature: Is This Dissertation Research or a First Date?

An excerpt from Short War by Lily Meyer Buenos Aires, Argentina, February 2015 Nina Lazris met her husband in the week between arriving in Buenos Aires and discovering the book that punched holes in her personal history. Besides that, she did little of note. She unpacked her bags, set up a writing space in her […]

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