The Aviator Film Versus the Real Howard Hughes, Part I
Howard Hughes was indeed a ladies’ man, and so it made sense to cast someone with a similar reputation in Hollywood.
Normal People: Sally Rooney’s Insufferable Characters
At times it feels that Normal People could be categorized as women’s fiction more properly given that it is written specifically to appeal to female sensibilities.
Masculinity in Joseph O’Neill’s Short Story Collection Good Trouble
Really, there are precious few moments in modern life when one can express masculinity; or alternately, when one has his masculinity tested. Joseph O’Neill’s short story collection Good Trouble depicts just such scenarios. That said, they bear more resemblance to Seinfeld than Hemingway in their everyday ordinariness and ambivalence. In other words, this is masculinity…
Is Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar a Feminist Novel?
The Bell Jar is commonly viewed as a withering critique of expectations of women in the 1950s. The novel is perhaps this, but it is also more. Themes of the stifling roles of women in the ‘50s are present, yes. Yet the alternative to these traditional roles, as represented by independent, career minded women, are…
Michael Cohen’s Disloyal: a Repentant Lawyer Throws Stones
Cohen frequently expresses his moral revulsion at his own actions and antics as Trump’s executive vice president and personal attorney.