Josh Wartel: My Year in Movies

 

Each year, the literary website The Millions asks writers to reflect back on the best books they have read in the last 12 months. This feature, appropriately named A Year in Reading, highlights plenty of new books; in 2015, Ta-Nishi Coates’s Between The World and Me and Helen McDonald’s H is for Hawk received particular distinction. But authors also love to return their attention to books that were published years ago, such as Endless Love and The Satanic Verses, and much longer than that (Some brave soul volunteered The Scarlet Letter). The wisdom of the The Millions year-end list is that it combines recency with staying power and re-discovery. Since it is impossible to read more than a plurality of books released in any year, why not recommend a novel that was unfortunately forgotten five or fifty years ago? Continue reading “Josh Wartel: My Year in Movies”

Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens (Abrams, 2015)

In academia some professors use a service called Turnitin.com to check new pieces of writing against previously published sources. Informally called a “plagiarism detector,” the program actually only notes and flags similarities–passages where the language and sentence structure is similar enough that it might indicate plagiarism. Continue reading “Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens (Abrams, 2015)”