Comedian and actor Mike Myers once said something that I think many creative people could probably relate to: despite his many triumphs, he insisted, he still expected the no-talent police to come and arrest him at any time. Though few of us will ever know the level of accomplishment (and, presumably, pressure) that Myers has… Continue reading When Self-doubt Strikes…
Horror is a disreputable yet strangely durable genre. It is attacked, disparaged, and often simply ignored; and yet it is defiantly alive, or at least stubbornly undead. What better time than Hallowe’en to examine its curious appeal, its many tricks and treats?
In 1940, in Moscow, a sick writer lay dictating the final revisions to a novel upon which he had been working for the better part of twelve years. During that time, he had suffered public denunciation and private terror, and his work had consistently been denied publication. Now the novel was almost complete, but the… Continue reading An Old Favourite Revisited: The Master and Margarita
This is the last week of the Italian school year. When the final bell rings tomorrow, that’ll be it: no more lessons until mid-September. I have a little impromptu celebration planned for this evening (if that isn’t a contradiction in terms), as a result of which today’s post will be mercifully brief. Given that I’ve… Continue reading The Novella: the Best of Both Worlds
Not many people have heard of Alt Lit as yet. At the risk of being humiliated, I’m going to stick my neck out and say that they soon will. Oh dear, I’ve done it now. Making predictions is one of the surest ways to incur public ridicule and utter mortification, which is perhaps why fortune-tellers… Continue reading Alt Lit, the Internet, and the State of Self-publishing: Part 2
Warning: this post contains half-baked speculation, crackpot predictions, and pretentious posturing. Oh, and links. Lots of links. You have been warned! Thanks to the internet, we live in the interesting times of the Chinese curse. The internet is as potent as it is unpredictable. As a quick glance at the comments accompanying the average YouTube video will… Continue reading Alt Lit, the Internet, and the State of Self-publishing: Part 1
If there’s one thing that my years as a horror fan have taught me, it’s how to survive in the event of a massacre, zombie apocalypse, or demonic possession. Yep, horror clichés are so unanimous that they can only be based on a set of universal truths! Put it this way: if any of the… Continue reading Horror Clichés: the Ghostly Tropes that Never Die
Turin. Say the name, and most people straightaway think of the famous Shroud. Others think of Fiat. Still others think of Gianduia chocolate, or the city’s elegant Parisian-style boulevards. As I recently discovered during a long weekend there, however, there is far more to this city than these iconic images alone account for.