Lord of Chaos

In the Netflix limited series Clark, director Jonas Åkerlund approaches the life and career of notorious Swedish bank robber Clark Olafsson as a story of “truth and lies,” and of course it is. Attempting a faithful portrait of such an infamous liar and crook, based in part on […]

Dashiell Hammett at Library of America

Library of America has Dashiell Hammett’s story, “Creeping Siamese” as it’s story of the week. ‘Based on the scantiest of evidence—a red silk sarong—the detectives, including the Continental Op, begin working under the assumption that they should be looking for ‘brown men,’ that is, Asian immigrants. ‘This short […]

How Heartstopper Filled a Hole in My Heart

I don’t usually watch things more than once. Perhaps that makes me not “a proper little nerd”, as Nick affectionately calls Charlie in the Netflix tv adaptation of Alice Oseman’s queer teen romance webcomic and book series Heartstopper, but I’ve always just been more interested in moving on […]