Releases Episode 4

In this episode, Brian and Trevor discuss the NYRB Classics slate for the second half of 2015. Read the full post and listen to the podcast.

Moonrise Kingdom

Wes Anderson: Moonrise Kingdom

When I walked out of the theater after seeing Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom in 2012, I told my wife I couldn’t wait for the Criterion release. The day has arrived! Today you can pick up Criterion’s beautiful and loving edition of Moonrise Kingdom. I share my thoughts on the film and the edition itself here. Read the full post.


The Eclipse Viewer 34: Agnès Varda in California

David and Trevor are back with episode 34 of The Eclipse Viewer: Agnès Varda in California. Read the post and get a link to the podcast.

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Thomas McGuane: “The Driver”

This week’s New Yorker story is Thomas McGuane’s “The Driver.” Read the full post.


Alice Munro: “Spelling”

Trevor and Betsy return to West Hanratty and to Flo in Alice Munro’s “Spelling,” the penultimate story in The Beggar Maid. Read the full post.


2015 National Book Award Longlists

The longlists for the National Book Award — in Fiction, in Nonfiction, in Poetry, and in Young People’s Literature — have all been announced. Read the full post.

A Little Life

Hanya Yanagihara: A Little Life

Chris reviews Hanya Yanagihara’s A Little Life, shortlisted just yesterday for the Man Booker Prize. Read the full post.

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The 2015 Man Booker Prize Shortlist

This morning, the shortlist for this year’s Man Booker Prize was revealed. Read the full post.

Blind Chance

Krzysztof Kieslowski: Blind Chance

In 1981 Krzysztof Kieslowski created one of his first films about how chance, rather than choice, directs our lives: Blind Chance. The film was finished just before Poland declared marshal law, and the film was ultimately shelved until 1987, when it came out in a censored version. Today, The Criterion Collection is releasing the uncensored version on Blu-ray and DVD. Trevor takes a look at the film and the Criterion release itself. Read the full post.

The Spirit of the Beehive

CriterionCast Episode 163: Victor Erice’s The Spirit of the Beehive

Once again, I had the great pleasure of joining in on a conversation with The CriterionCast, this time to discuss Victor Erice’s film about a child’s first inklings of life and death in the first years of Franco’s regime, The Spirit of the Beehive. Read the full post and find a link to the podcast.


Amos Oz: “My Curls Have Blown All the Way to China”

This week’s New Yorker story is Amos Oz’s “My Curls Have Blown All the Way to China,” translated from the Hebrew by Maggie Goldberg Bar-Tura. This is a nice prelude to Nobel season since Oz is in the conversation each year when folks are speculating about the new laureate. Read the full post.


Alice Munro: “Simon’s Luck”

Trevor and Betsy continue their exploration of the complete works of Alice Munro with “Simon’s Luck” from The Beggar Maid. Read the full post.

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2015 Giller Prize Longlist

The 2015 Giller Prize Longlist has been announced! Read the full post.