Sunday, February 23, 2014

Still Foolin' Em: Billy Crystal at his Best

Comedy is often built on tragedy. Memoirs are a form of literature that often mines a person’s tragedy to create universal feelings in the reader. Billy Crystal’s Still Foolin’ Em: Where I’ve Been, Where I’m Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys is a brilliant memoir from a supremely funny man. Much like Steve Martin’s Born Standing Up it serves as both a career retrospective piece as well as means for Crystal to show some of the events that shaped the performer we see.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Blood Rites: Sex, Blood, Magic

Sexy vampires have been part of pop culture for the last 20-odd years. In literature, one could say Anne Rice began the trend of mixing eroticism into vampire storytelling. Later writers like Laurell K. Hamilton and Charlene Harris (of the Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter series and The Southern Vampire Mysteries series, respectively) would continue the trend. In the Dresden universe, Jim Butcher first introduced the White Court vampire Thomas in Grave Peril. Blood Rites, the 6th book in The Dresden Files, places the White Court at the center of the plot. The White Court members are the seductive vampires, the ones who excel at manipulation and sexual slavery. But this is Harry Dresden’s world and sexy vampires are still vampires.