Rainer Werner Fassbinder created some of the most powerful films about how circumstances can crush an individual, and they're magnificent and empathetic. Here is one where the individuals have the power to change their circumstances, and it's delightful. Trevor reviews Fassbinder's Eight Hours Don't Make a Day, recently released on home video by The Criterion Collection.
This week's New Yorker fiction is Scholastique Mukasonga's "Cattle Praise Song," translated from the French by Melanie Mauthner.
Trevor reviews David Grann's latest, The White Darkness, a look at Henry Worsley and his polar exploration.
This week The Criterion Collection released a lavish edition of The Princess Bride, and I highly recommend falling in love with Rob Reiner's unique and benevolent film again if you've seen it or for the first time if you haven't!
Brian De Palma's 1973 film Sisters is a twisty, murderous option for your Halloween night!
This week's New Yorker story is Tony Earley's "Backpack."
After a bit of a break, Trevor and Betsy return to their ongoing reading of Alice Munro's work. This week they look at the title story from Open Secrets.
This week's New Yorker fiction is "Waugh," by Bryan Washington, a new author with his first book, a collection of stories entitled Lot, coming in March 2019.
This week marks one of the biggest events in this publishing year: Uwe Johnson's Anniversaries: From a Year in the Life of Gesine Cresspahl is finally here in all of its glory. Translated from the German by Damion Searls and published by NYRB Classics, this is the best book I've read this year (and I'm still reading it!).
The winner of the 2018 Man Booker Prize has been announced.