The Western for too long existed outside of context, depicting a black and white world, breeding revisionist history into legend. Leone's uncut epic challenges that, delivering us into a world baptized in blood. It is a world both good and bad, and--ultimately--ugly.
Jealousy for time spent, not spent, and misspent is at the core of Kevin Barry’s first novel, City of Bohane. Barry explores the labyrinthine twists and turns of a dangerous west Ireland peninsular town, lovingly exposing the reader to Bohane’s underbelly. He dredges the Bohane River’s taint, which makes itself known in the harsh brogue... Continue Reading →
The troubadour is back! Josh Ritter is that most canny of songwriters, a cipher of unlimited roles. In Sermon on the Rocks, we are treated to Ritter as the snake-oil salesman, the traveling tent evangelist interested in damnation and some form of redemption—at a cost. Chord changes and tempo slowdowns trick the audience into buying... Continue Reading →