Book Review: The Female of the Species

 If Veronica Mars is Philip Marlowe in teen girl form, Alex, the protagonist of The Female of the Species is Dexter. The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis is one part revenge fantasy, one part teen romance. It pairs angst over stolen boyfriends and uncertain futures with more serious subject matter focused on grief, trauma, and … Continue reading

The Bridge: Maria of the Desert

“But what ‘Maria of the Desert’ proves to me is how much more I care about the world The Bridge has built than the murder that precipitated this entire affair” –Molly Eichel, AV Club “The show is interested in the message the killer is trying to send, but it’s not reveling in the twisted and … Continue reading

The Bridge Pilot: Bodies on the Border

Last night was the much anticipated (for me, at least) premiere of The Bridge, the new FX drama about homicide detectives on the border between El Paso, Texas and Juarez, Mexico. As I wrote earlier, I was curious and nervous about the prospect of a TV show dealing with the staggering number of murders committed … Continue reading

Heads Up: The Bridge on FX

Monday night I saw this ad on TV: First of all, it is super creepy, but it also uses the now iconic image of the pink crosses honoring the dead and missing in the Juárez, Mexico feminicide. My interest was piqued, not from an entertainment standpoint, but because I just did an analysis of literary … Continue reading

Violence and Entertainment: Where Do You Draw the Line?

I’d like to ask some honest questions: How much violence can you tolerate in entertainment? Where do you think the line should be drawn for violence and entertainment more generally (i.e. it might make you squeamish, but it’s fine for others)? Can we represent violence in ways that don’t contribute to dehumanizing or objectifying certain … Continue reading