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“The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe” – Kij Johnson
Books / Fantasy & SF / Short stories

“The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe” – Kij Johnson

“Her dreams were large, of trains a mile long and ships that climbed to the stars, of learning the languages of squids and slime-molds, of crossing a chessboard the size of a city. That night and for years afterward, she had envisioned another dream land, built from the imaginings of powerful women dreamers.” The Dream-Quest … Continue reading

“Butcher’s Crossing” – John Williams
Classics / Historical Fiction / Literary Fiction

“Butcher’s Crossing” – John Williams

I’m not a fan of traditional westerns, but I love to read novels that use the characteristics of a certain genre to deconstruct ideas inherent to that genre. “Butcher’s Crossing” is a western novel that is in conversation with the western genre, and follows Will Andrews, a young Harvard student, who, inspired by Emerson, decides to … Continue reading

Film Reviews #1 – “Mustang”, “Carol”, “The End of the Tour”
Film / Independent cinema / World Cinema

Film Reviews #1 – “Mustang”, “Carol”, “The End of the Tour”

“Mustang” (2015), directed by Deniz Gamze Ergüven The film takes its title from the name of wild, free-roaming horses that are an apt symbol for the strong, stubborn spirit of the group of five young sisters who are taught and ultimately forced to conform to the conservative cultural norms of their remote coastal Turkish village. … Continue reading

“The Revenant” – Michael Punke
Books / Historical Fiction

“The Revenant” – Michael Punke

“And if Glass believed in a god, surely it resided in this great western expanse. Not a physical presence, but an idea, something beyond man’s ability to comprehend, something larger.” Klasisks atriebības stāsts, kurā darbība risinās ASV 19.gs. sākumā un seko bebru ādu mednieku brigādei Klinšu kalnos gar Misūrī upi. Starp šiem skarbajiem vīriem valda … Continue reading