What if “Carrie” were YA fiction?

My awesome editor came to our first meetings about my novel The Puppeteer with the expectation that it would be "Young Adult" literature, a goldmine of a subgenre within the publishing industry.  Without trying to quash my vision, she explained to me what was expected of a YA title. I told her, hold the phone, I hadn't …

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Sick Fuck: advanced musings on “Hereditary”

In rallying my friends to see Ari Aster's debut feature Hereditary, which has already developed a fearsome reputation as the most traumatically terrifying film to come out in decades, I was reminded of an anecdote from my movie-watching past. Years ago, myself and my girlfriend of the time, Jen, wanted to spend a quiet evening at …

Book Review: “There’s Someone Inside Your House” by Stephanie Perkins

I have a feeling Stephanie Perkins' new Young Adult horror novel had a different working title.  There's Someone Inside Your House sounds like the kind of slasher product that can be shelved alongside Scream and I Know What You Did Last Summer.  The novel definitely has those elements, but in many ways the title belies the underlying story. First …

“Describe Yourself Like a Male Author Would”

Someone sent this to me, thinking I would like it, and they were right. ‘Describe Yourself Like a Male Author Would’ Is the Most Savage Twitter Thread in Ages   https://twitter.com/gwenckatz/status/979852671573049344 https://twitter.com/whitneyarner/status/980330317247545349   As the recent male author of a book with a young female protagonist, and also given to flights of scathing self-reflection, I don't …

“It’s ‘Mr. Rock,’ bitch!” Chris Rock breaks himself down

Boy, does Chris Rock look different. He's been my favorite stand-up forever (though now he has competition from John Mulaney).  I've devoured all of his previous specials, and the man had a visual brand - goatee, close-cropped black hair, fly suit. Seeing him take the stage in "Tamborine," his first special since 2008's "Kill the …