I’m sorry. David Mamet just isn’t that good. He can’t hold a candle to Pinter, Beckett, or Arthur Miller. And screenwriting? Please. The guy couldn’t be less filmic. He’s very good at the opening premise, but he doesn’t deliver, good at the title, no so good at the content. He can swear, I’ll give him that. I suggested Glengarry Glen Ross for our family movie night – so me, 19 year old nephew, 17 year old and 13 year old son, my hubby, my dad who stopped aging at the age of 60, and my sister who is sneaking up on 40. We watched for one hour, and he never got off the sales leads. The leads. It’s all about the leads. Whining about the leads, bullying about the leads, yearning for the leads, shitting on the leads. How that self-promoting, self-aggrandizing playwright could have got his hands on that great cast and delivered so little! Glengarry Glen Ross joins Last Tango in Paris in the films that do not stand the test of time category.
Here’s a link to my short story commissioned by SubTerrain Magazine It’s about the absurd hubris of life extension services. I can’t think of this story without laughing with wicked glee. Suggestions have been made to turn it into a novel. That thought rolls around my still attached head. Online version, with illustrations by the […]
In which I learn, after the alarming discovery that my mind tends to exhaustive lists of exceptions to any statement, the power of the declarative sentence.
Claudia Casper’s third novel, The Mercy Journals (Arsenal 2016), first reviewed by Joan Givner in BC BookWorld, has won the 2017 Philip K. Dick Award for the best work of science fiction published in paperback for the first time in the USA in 2016. The announcement was made on April 14, 2017 at the Norwescon 40 conference, in […]
philip k. dick, literary awards, science fiction, the mercy journals “I think of writers as mostly a horizontal tribe, people who work beside each other, people who avoid hierarchies. And then we publish a book, if we’re lucky, and our publishers, if they’re good publishers, enter our book into contests. And suddenly, we’re pitted against other writers for a prize that only […]
Reviewed by Joan Givner, Jan 20, 2017 Link: https://bcbooklook.com/2016/07/21/trumps-wall-foretold/ Claudia Casper’s new novel adds to a growing body of work designated as “cli-fi,” a genre distinct from sci-fi and fantasy, because the horrors described are not futuristic fantasies but predictions of a certain future. Fans of Casper’s highly successful first novel, The Reconstruction, will find The Mercy Journals (Arsenal […]
Published Jan 24, 2018 So a few months ago, I attended an event at the 2017 Vancouver Writers Festival where my close friend, poet, novelist, and educator Aislinn Hunter, was interviewing renowned author Eileen Myles. I went, not because I was familiar with Myles’ work, though what I found on YouTube more than piqued my […]